Aline & Luis Cárcamo, organizers of Puerto Vallarta event, Mexico, February 2012
A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom.Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.
The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head for a personal blessing.
According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world. Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a 150-ft/45-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha to be built in Bodhgaya, northern India. The Relics were collected over many year by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Founder of the Relic Tour.
People are deeply moved when they come in contact with the relics…there are so many stories. This is definitely one method for bringing people to enlightenment. The relics have incredible benefit for the world…people want them very much…and there is greater and greater benefit now….
I didn’t know the Relic Tour would be of such great benefit to the world; create such devotion. Devotion is the source. From devotion you get blessings, from blessings you get realizations, the strength to engage in the path.
The Relic Tour is one way to bring world peace, through people changing their mind. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, ‘outer peace through inner peace.’ So the relics take a very important role in world peace. That’s the purpose for the Buddha leaving relics.”
— Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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.
Since the Tour began in March 2001, what has evolved has been truly incredible and very beautiful. The sheer human response to the relics has been healing and created a resonance of hope rippling around the world.
In each city they visit, the relics are inspiring communities to come together and experience an inter-faith celebration focused on our shared human qualities – love, compassion and the importance of having a ‘good heart’. By meditating on loving-kindness, peace naturally arises in our hearts and in our surrounding world.
Many living Buddhist masters from a number of traditions and countries, including Burma, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Tibet, Korea and Taiwan, have offered sacred relics to the collection. His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered eight relics of Shakyamuni Buddha from his personal collection.
Vicki Walker, 45, has been studying the Dharma [teachings of the Buddha] for nine years. The names Shakyamuni, Ananda, and Shariputra are familiar to her. But tonight, they mean something much more. She has tears in her eyes, and she can hardly speak. There is a gentleness about her. Her two sons, ages nine and twelve, are also bowed in prayer. They have just met the relics of the Buddha – the relics of Shakyamuni, Kasyapa and eighteen other great Buddhist masters, that are touring the world, and tonight are visiting the town of Vail, Colorado.
The relics are displayed in tiny stupas in the center of the room, amidst a majestic exhibition of lights, candles, kataks and a graceful Maitreya Buddha statue. Vicki has returned to her seat, absorbing the significance of the event.
‘I just pray for wisdom and loving-kindness,’ says Vicki. ‘I want it for myself, for my family and others…’”
— from Mandala magazine, December 2002.
The Relic Tour events are free and everyone is welcome to come and view the relics regardless of their spiritual tradition.
If you wish to invite the relics to be displayed in your city, please contact us for more details.