A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world. The Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour is a collection of more than 1,000 sacred Buddhist relics. Many Buddhist masters from a number of traditions and countries, including Burma,Indonesia,Thailand, Tibet and Taiwan, have donated relics to the collection, including relics of Shakyamuni Buddha which were offered by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
This is a rare educational and spiritual opportunity to view these relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death.
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 as 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 500-ft/152-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Kushinagar, northernIndia.