Sunday, August 02, 2009
Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour
Friday August 21st 7 pm/10pm
Saturday August 22nd 10am/7 pm
Sunday August 23rd 10am/4pm
The Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre is pleased to host “The Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour” on August 21, 22 and 23rd. An Opening Ceremony will be held at 7 pm on Friday August 21st, and the relic show will be open to the public from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday 22nd and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
A unique and precious collection of more than 1,000 sacred Buddhist relics will be permanently displayed in the Heart Shrine of the completed Maitreya Buddha statue in Kushinagar. Meanwhile, it is the wish of the Spiritual Director of the Maitreya Project, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, that the collection should travel throughout the world to bring the blessings of the relics and the message of loving-kindness to people everywhere.
The relics were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe the relics are produced as a result of the master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Since we can all develop these qualities, the relics are a reminder of our own essential nature of purity and our inner potential to manifest that. The collection includes relics of the historical Buddha and the Buddha’s closest disciples as well as many other well-known Buddhist masters from Chinese, Indian, Korean and Tibetan traditions.
The purpose of the Relic Tour is to inspire people of all spiritual traditions and paths to come together to experience the blessings of the relics. For full details about the Maitreya Project and the Relic Tour please click on www.maitreyaproject.org/en/relic