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The Third World Buddhist Forum is being held in Hong Kong. Organizers also hold the Grand Blessing ceremony, where devout followers will be allowed to worship a bone fragment said to be from Buddha himself.
The Buddha's remains come from Nanjing's Qixia Temple, where relics were preserved after being unearthed. It's the first time the sacred remains will be worshipped outside the Chinese mainland. The worship ceremony runs Wednesday through Monday. It will then be sent to Macao for public worship until May 4th.
The Buddha's parietal-bone relic is placed inside the Ashoka pagoda at Qixia Temple in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, April 25, 2012.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong is also preparing for the third World Buddhist Forum, which starts on Wednesday. The three-day forum will be the biggest international Buddhist conference ever to be held in Hong Kong.