Friday: 19:00 Opening Ceremony,
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00
About the event
We are delighted to announce that Drukpa UK will be hosting the Maitreya Buddha Relic Tour at our London centre.
The Maitreya Buddha Relic Tour is a precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters, which is currently touring the world.
This is a rare opportunity to view these relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. The relics resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals which are believed to embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his 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 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.
The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may also participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the head as a personal blessing.
According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world. Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in northern 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 I appreciate.” - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Friday Opening Ceremony
Venue (nearest tube Chalk Farm on the Northern Line)
For more information, a press pack and downloadable images of the relics, please visit the website.