Buddhist relics to be on display next week in SLO

slinn@thetribunenews.comJune 4, 2013 

A free touring exhibit of Buddhist relics will stop in San Luis Obispo next week.

The Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour includes eight relics from the collection of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, that are more than 2,500 years old.

Described as “pearl-like crystals,” the relics are said to have been found among the cremated remains of the Buddha and other Buddhist masters from China, Korea, India and Tibet, according to a news release. Buddhists believe that the relics, known in Sanskrit as “sarira” and Tibetan as “ringsel,” contain the essence of those spiritual leaders.

According to tour Road Manager Amanda Russell, the relics often have a powerful impact on visitors.

“Nearly everyone reports some kind of change or shift, whether it is releasing physical or emotional pain or experiencing a profound sense of peace,” she said in the news release.

Visitors are invited to participate in a blessing ceremony in which the relics are placed on the crowns of their heads as a personal blessing.

According to tour organizers, the relics will be eventually enshrined in a 150-foot bronze Buddha statue being built in northern India.

The Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour exhibit will be on display June 14 through 16 at Eucasia School Worldwide and Laureate JP Foundation, 880 Laureate Lane in San Luis Obispo. An opening ceremony will be held June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.maitreyarelictour.com.

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