Exhibition of the Buddha’s Ancient & Sacred Relics Comes to Hamilton
(Burlington/Hamilton) Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a free public exhibition of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and 44 other Buddhist masters from India, Tibet & China and is currently touring the world.
The exhibit will be on display at Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Hamilton Ontario, Canada
In all there are 3,000 relics in this collection including those offered to the tour by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Some of the relics are more than 2,600 years old. The relics resemble multi colored pearl-like crystals that in Tibetan are called 'ringsel'. It is believed that relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. The relics were found among the cremation ashes of these masters.
“When these individuals were alive, they were practicing universal values, like for example, unconditional love, compassion, patience. Those qualities don’t belong to any one kind of religion. It is universal,” said Thubten Norbu, a Buddhist nun and one of the tour managers.
“So, the relics are really the manifestation of love and kindness and compassion. That is the real meaning,” Norbu added.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, a Tibet Buddhist Master founded the tour in 2001 when he put his own collection of relics on tour with contributions from others, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tour has visited 68 countries and 2.5 million people have viewed the relics to date.
The purpose of the tour is to share the sacred relics to create community gatherings focused on loving kindness and openness with the goal of fostering local and global harmony.
“It’s important for people to realize that loving kindness is the foundation of most all religions,” previous tour host Kevin Thoren said. “So even though it’s a Buddhist exhibit, it goes beyond any specific religious philosophy and gets at what’s important.”
Tour Manager Amanda Russell says, “Nearly everyone reports some kind of change or shift, whether it is releasing physical or emotional pain or experiencing a profound sense of peace”.
Public exhibit hours:
September 25: 7:00 pm to 9:00pm, Opening ceremony followed by relic viewing
September 26: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, relic viewing
September 27: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, relic viewing
September 27: 2:00 am to 4:00 pm, animal blessing
You can play a part
in bringing and hosting the Buddha's relics here. Offer light, flowers, and water-bowl offerings to the Buddha; offer a meal to the ordained sangha who will be attending; or offer the facilities free to the general public with a donation to Lama Yeshe Ling
. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Paul Brandenburg at email@example.com
or (519) 265-4775; there are still volunteer openings for Saturday and Sunday.
- please help spread the word. In particular bring along anyone you know who needs healing, is facing life problems, or who just needs to feel the energy of unconditional kindness and love, or experience a moment of profound inner peace. Everyone may receive a direct blessing by having Buddha's relics placed upon the crown of one’s head, and on Sunday afternoon animals are also invited to receive such a blessing (bring your pets). Download print
and social media
posters to share within your community.
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