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Rosemead, California

September 19, 2013

1. Wide, Lu Mountain Buddhist Temple in Rosemead, California 2. Medium, 2 white marble statues in front of suburban temple 3. Wide, 3 statues in front of temple 4. SOUNDBITE (English): Dharma Master YongHua, Lu Mountain Temple "It's a small temple, well hidden away, very secluded. So it's perfect for us because we meditate and we live a very simple life."

5. Wide exterior, temple in suburban neighborhood outside Los Angeles 6. Wide interior, Master YongHua in front of glass display cabinets with relics 7. Tight, YongHua's hand holding relic 8. Medium, YongHua with 2 relics 9. Tight, Buddha's tooth relic 10. SOUNDBITE (English): Dharma Master YongHua, Lu Mountain Temple "We feel very honored first of all, and compelled to share the sharira collection with everyone."

11. Tight, YongHua reaches into cabinet to pick up crystal relic 12. Tight, zoom out from bone relic with crystals

13. SOUNDBITE (English): Prof. Sonya Lee, Univ. of Southern California, Dept. of Art History "The dissemination of these relics proved to be the binding element linking all these schools of Buddhism in different parts of Asia."

14. Tight, tooth relic

15. Tight, relics in display cabinet

16. SOUNDBITE (English): Dharma Master YongHua, Lu Mountain Temple "It makes it so much easier to concentrate, to meditate when you're near it."

17. Medium, young monk and talk display cabinet 18. Tight, zoom out on gold reliquary 19. Medium, Vietnamese monk Tam Huynh 20. Wide, interior of Lu Mountain Temple 21. SOUNDBITE (English): Roberta Lynch, Buddhist convert "Which really is a beautiful gift for the congregation.//I'm glad that it happened but it is overwhelming."

22. Medium, statues outside temple

23. Medium, 3 monks

24. Tight, relics in glass containers

25. Medium, display cabinet

26. Tight, bone relic with crystals

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THE LU MOUNTAIN TEMPLE SEEMS LIKE AN UNLIKELY PLACE TO FIND ENLIGHTENMENT, LET ALONE THE TREASURES OF A WORLD RELIGION.

SOUNDBITE (English): Dharma Master YongHua, Lu Mountain Temple "It's a small temple, well hidden away, very secluded. So it's perfect for us because we meditate and we live a very simple life." :09

THIS HILLSIDE TEMPLE IN ROSEMEAD, CALIFORNIA, IS NOW HOME TO more than ten THOUSAND RELICS OR "SHARIRA" - REMNANTS OF THE BUDDHA'S BODY BELIEVED TO GRANT MIRACLES AND DEEPEN FAITH.

SOUNDBITE (English):

"We feel very honored first of all, and compelled to share the sharira collection with everyone."

WHEN THE BUDDHA'S BODY WAS CREMATED, BUDDHISTS BELIEVE HIS HAIR, BONES AND TEETH WITHSTOOD THE FLAMES AND COLORFUL CRYSTALS WERE FOUND IN THE ASHES.

SOUNDBITE (English): Prof. Sonya Lee, Univ. of Southern California, Dept.

of Art History

"The dissemination of these relics proved to be the binding element linking all these schools of Buddhism in different parts of Asia."

THE RELICS ARE SAID TO GROW AND MULTIPLY, SMELL LIKE FLOWERS AND INCENSE, AND INSPIRE A SENSE OF CALM.

SOUNDBITE (English): Dharma Master YongHua, Lu Mountain Temple

"It makes it so much easier to concentrate, to meditate when you're near it."

IN ASIA, PILGRIMS WOULD NEVER GET THIS CLOSE. RELICS ARE HOUSED IN "STUPA" AND BROUGHT OUT only ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

THIS COLLECTION WAS A GIFT FROM A RECENTLY-ORDAINED MONK, TAM HUYNH.

NATSOUND Huynh speaking in Vietnamese

He says BUDDHISM HELPED HIM SURVIVE A NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISON CAMP DURING THE WAR, AND REBUILD HIS LIFE WHEN HE IMMIGRATED TO CALIFORNIA.

SOUNDBITE (English): Roberta Lynch, Buddhist convert "Which really is a beautiful gift for the congregation.//I'm glad that it happened but it is overwhelming."

THE MONKS HAVE HAD TO BEEF UP TEMPLE SECURITY BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED NUMBER OF VISITORS.

BUT THEY SAY IT'S A SMALL PRICE FOR A GREAT HONOR.

RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ROSEMEAD, CALIFORNIA.

 

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