Buddhist monks viewing the sacred relics during its tour in West Covina, California in the United States in 2005.
MAITREYA Loving Kindness Tour, a collection of over 4,000 sacred relics of the Buddha and many Buddhist masters, currently touring the world, will be exhibited at Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society (LDC) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on May 17 and 18.
The relics tour, the largest of its kind, has been to 69 countries and more than 2.3 million people have viewed it. It was first exhibited in Malaysia in 2000.
These sacred relics which were found among the cremation ashes of the Buddhist masters, resemble pearl-like crystals and are called ringsel in Tibetan.
They are believed to embody a master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and deliberately produced by a master at his death, for the benefit of all beings.
It is also believed that these holy relics hold the living essence of the spiritual master and are manifestations of the master’s inner purity.
Among the relics are eight of the Buddha that are over 2,500 years old which have been graciously offered by the Dalai Lama. Also featured will be relics from 44 other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world including India, Tibet, Korea and China.
These relics were collected over the years by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual founder of the relic tour. They will eventually be enshrined in a 45m-high bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha to be built in Bodhgaya and Kushinaga, India.
The tour started in March 2001 and aims to inspire people of different spiritual traditions and paths to come together to experience the blessings of the relics.
The relics are said to inspire communities to come together and experience an inter-faith celebration focused on love and compassion.
It is said that visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics.
Visitors may also participate in a blessing ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.
They can also bring their pets including cats and dogs for relic blessing to free them of suffering.
There will be an opening ceremony of the relic tour on May 17, 9am to 11am where monks and nuns from three Buddhist traditions – Theravada, Chinese and Tibetan Mahayana – will recite prayers and a therapeutic harpist will give a musical performance.
The relics can be viewed at Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society (LDC), 1, Jalan 17/21F, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor on May 17 from 9am-7pm and on May 18 from 10am to 5pm. Entrance is free.
For more information, contact the LDC office at (03) 7968 3278 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. — Majorie Chiew