‘Loving energy’: Buddhist relic tour

2011-08-12 00:00

MANY people spend their lives trying to tap into universal love and peace. The Buddhist Relic Tour that is travelling around the country and opening in Durban tonight may offer that opportunity to some people.

The relics are claimed to have the power to emit spiritual energies from the buddhist masters and to have the ability to transform the lives of those who see them.

The Tibet Society of South Africa arranged for these remarkable relics to visit Durban with the aim of generating loving-kindness in order to promote conditions for world peace.

Officially called the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour, it has been travelling around the world since 2001 and has visited 150 countries.

The relics were painstakingly collected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the project director, who has been collecting the relics of the Buddha and other revered Buddhist masters, saints and disciples from around the world.

It is a tradition for Tibetan Buddhist monks to have their bodies cremated. It has reportedly been observed that sometimes after their bodies have been transformed into ash after the cremation, there are tiny pearl-like crystals that remain behind.

The crystals — which apparently glow of their own accord — emit “loving energy”. They are set on a buddhist altar decorated with flowers and gemstones and soft music is played in the background.

Victoria Ewart, Maitreya Project Relic Tour director, describes the experience as “an assault on the senses” and invites people of all religious faiths to experience their properties.

“Some people come and sit and meditate, others come to receive a blessing,” she explained.

The event is open to the public free of charge (although donations are welcome). The opening ceremony is at 5 pm today at the Diakonia Centre on 20 Diakonia Avenue. Inquiries to Elizabeth Gaywood at 083 551 3709 or 031 701 4307, or e-mail cormkt@mweb.co.za

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