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.
Maitreya Project puts the teachings of loving-kindness into action by:
- building the 500ft/152m Maitreya Buddha statue – a magnificent monument to loving-kindness intended to inspire people all across the world to think and act with kindness.
- providing, free of charge, spiritual, education and healthcare facilities in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas in northern India.
- providing immediate and long-term employment.
- helping to develop the area’s infrastructure.
- serving as a focus and influence for sustainable, positive development in this emerging part of India.
“The very name ‘Maitreya’ means loving-kindness – in today’s world, we really need loving-kindness. This Project is really wonderful and is the result of great courage and determination, and from the depths of my heart I appreciate and applaud this wonderful project.”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In 2007, World Of Feng Shui USA proudly hosted the Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, for 3 wonderful days during the month of July. It was a once in a lifetime experience and we were truly blessed.
In 2013, two of our WOFS USA certified Professional Consultants, Ruth Jean Kennedy and Elizabeth Cardenas, have been blessed with the opportunity to host the Relic Tour, in June and July, in California, USA.
Ruth Kennedy had a successful turn out for the Relic Tour that she hosted on June 14th, 15th and 16th, 2013, in San Luis Obispo, California. Over 900 people attended and with everyone’s help, she was able to raise $9000.00 for the Maitreya Project. Congratulation to Ruth and a big thank you to everyone who attend and help support this event.
Elizabeth Cardenas, her family and volunteers did a wonderful job of hosting the Relic Tour on July 12th, 13th, and 14th of 2013, in Riverside, California. Many people, including important officials, attended the opening ceremony on Friday, and people from all over the USA, came to view the relics and were able to receive wonderful and auspicious blessings. On behalf of the Cardenas, a big heart warm thank you to everyone who were able to attend.
The Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour is a part of Maitreya Project International, a charity established under the laws of California, tax ID# 77-0509261. For more information, a press pack and downloadable images, including images of the relics, please visit www.maitreyaproject.org or http://www.maitreyarelictour.com.