A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom.

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.

In August, 2012, Amethyst and I decided to go to Seattle to view the King Tut Exhibition and to attend the opening ceremony of the Maitreya Relic Tour. We knew only a little about the Buddhist Relics. We put the address into our maps app and off we went. We arrived early and found the beautiful Vietnamese Van Hoa Temple. The community was unusually welcoming to us – strangers from another city. We began speaking to Dana and Amanda who are the two Guardians of the relics for their 2012 tour in North America. We asked if we could take some photos in the temple before they removed the relics from their traveling containers.

Amanda and Dana, The Guardians

Then Amanda and Dana said they were going to begin unpacking the relics. We were invited to stay in the temple but were asked not to move around or photograph while they did so.

Amethyst and sat down near the main altar and began quietly chanting our favorite Buddhist prayer “OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG” . We continued for the 30 or more minutes they arranged the relics in their cases.

It was an extraordinary honor and opportunity to expand our hearts. We felt that as each relic was placed in its case, the room filled even more with immense light and love.

The Preparation

The Ceremony

The ceremony to present the relics was lead by Buddhist monk Thich Hanh Huy.

Each member of the community poured water on the small statue of the Buddha outside the temple then entered the temple to view the relics. We were greeted by many members of the community and made connections with so many wonderful new friends. At the end of the evening we shared a delicious Vietnamese vegetarian meal.

Buddhist monk Thich Hanh Huy

The Relics

The relics are now on permanent display in India. Perhaps they will tour again.

“A huge thank you to every single Relic event host, volunteer and donor for helping to make 886 Relic events possible throughout six continents during the past 15 years. We pray that the blessings and power of the holy relics will create the conditions for the Maitreya statues to manifest quickly and so bring benefit to many beings for many lifetimes to come.”

 

The Temple and Grounds

Here are a few photos of the Van Hoa Temple. It is a wonderful place to visit.

Buy a 21-Photo Mini Book of the Maitreya Relics

Photos from both the 2012 and 2014 Seattle tours. Sadly, the relics are no longer available to tour. So my books are one of the few places you can see them.

Like all the Mini-Books, this one contains 21 images in breathtaking color!  It is 3.50 x .25 x 2.75 inches.

The book comes in an envelope you can use to mail it to a friend or as a lovely gift of beauty.

 

All proceeds beyond shipping costs will go to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund which supports “Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Compassionate Service to Others.”