UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: Heart Shrine Relic Tour, Westport, Connecticut:
November 6, 7, 8 2009
(this is not a Guhyasamaja Center event, please contact Ven Chimey (see below) for more information and to volunteer)
Times: Friday: 6-9 Opening Ceremony
Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday 1pm to 5 pm
Location: Unitarian Church 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, Ct. 06880
Contact: Venerable Chimey firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-227-5976
Entrance: No entrance charge; donations welcome
A precious collection of sacred relics of the historic Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world.
This is a rare opportunity to view these relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe the relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at the time of 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; 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 encasements. Visitors may participate in the Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddhas will be gently placed on the crowns of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.
According to the Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world. Eventually these rare relics will be enshrined in a 500- foot bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Kushinigar, northern India.
Maitreya Project puts the teachings of loving-kindness into action by:
- building the Maitreya statue to inspire people world-wide to think and act with kindness.
- providing free spiritual, education and health care facilities in Kushinigar’s poor area
- providing immediate and long-term employment
- helping to develop the area’s infrastructure
- serving as a focus for sustainable, positive development in this emerging part of India
“The very name ‘Maitri’; that’s loving kindness. Now in today’s world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya. Maitri, loving-kindness. So this is a huge project, right from the beginning. I simply admire those concerned people especially the late Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche really devoted to making this huge statue and many followers really putting in effort, I really admire and appreciate.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
FOR MORE INFO, Press Pack and Downloadable Images of the relics: www.maitreyaproject.org