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Chatham University Hosts Free Public Exhibition of the Historical Buddha’s Relics

PITTSBURGH: Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea & China will be on display in Pittsburgh on: Friday, Oct. 10, (6pm – 8pm); Saturday Oct. 11, (10am – 7pm); and Sunday Oct. 12th (10am – 5pm); at the James Laughlin Music Hall Chatham University Campus Woodland Road Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232.

Dalai Lama
Historical Relics Visit Pittsburgh

Most of the relics in this collection resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals that in Tibetan are called ‘ringsel’ and in Sanskrit they are known as ‘Sarira.’ Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. The crystal relics were found among the cremation ashes of these Buddhist masters.  His Holiness the Dalia Lama has graciously offered 8 relics of the historical Buddha to the collection that are over 2,600 years old each. Relics have also been offered from the Sakya Reliquary in Tibet and also from Meiktila Museum in Burma that has housed Buddha Relics for many hundreds of years. The tour also features relics from 40 other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world, in all there are over 3,000 relics in this collection.

Since 2010, The Buddha relics have been the subject of a series of ongoing studies and experiments led by Stanford University physicist William A. Tiller, PhD and former long-term Mayo clinic faculty member Nisha J. Manek M.D. The published results evidence that (a) the relics are imprinted with loving kindness energy, (b) that this peaceful energy flows directly from the relics into the surrounding space and (c) that the atom-molecules in the space around the relics are ordered in a more coherent way than when the relics are not present. This research and testing is ongoing with further reports expected.

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.  “I was skeptical going into it, but I’m a curious person and kept and open mind. I left there amazed. It’s hard to put into words, but the energy was very powerful. My friend who was with me and who doesn’t believe in anything, was blown away” Ben Easter, event visitor at Des Moines, Iowa.  “I didn’t know love like that, or peace on that level existed” Nate Choporian, Ansonia, Connecticut.

The tour was created in 2001 by the modern day Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche who was born in Nepal and remains the spiritual director of the Tour to this day. The Tour has visited 68 countries and over 2.3 million people have seen the relics. 2014 USA Tour stops include San Francisco, Seattle, Des Moines, New York, Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh and Toronto.  Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour events are multi-faith, multi-cultural and are always free to attend. The exhibition is intended for people from all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience the historical relics.

The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world.   “The very name ‘Maitri’, that’s loving-kindness. Now in today’s world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya, Maitri, loving-kindness.”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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