Maitreya Project Relic Tour Update
Blessings in the Promised Land
"I got into the room, a beautiful room…I saw there was something in the middle of the room…but…….what happened to me….I started to cry….could not stop….could not get closer to the relics….I tried for hours…..after hours I could circumambulate a few times…and finally I could get closer and closer….and even today, while I am writing this mail I start to cry again….the loving kindness I have felt is imprinted in my heart for ever and ever..."
- Syvia Jacobs, Rotterdam, Holland 2012
"I didn't know love like that, or peace on that level existed"
- Nate Chopoorian, Ansonia, Connecticut, USA 2011
After many months of careful preparations by our incredible Israel Tour co-ordinator, Carmit Agi, the sacred relics were publicly displayed in Israel for the very first time. The Relics visited three cities: Bitan Aharon, Neve Eshkol and Jerusalem from the end of December until January.
"Many people who came out of curiosity or with a skeptical mind were so excited and impressed by the presence of the relics.
It seems like the relics had a power in gathering people, and things just came together with the help from even unexpected sources (including from people without prior knowledge of Buddhism, from non Dharma groups etc). So I was very surprised at people's excitement and willingness to help. It was beautiful to see and has been a very special opportunity for me to become involved in.
Since the relics proved their influence over the people and won their hearts, I would like on their behalf to invite you again in 2013."
- Carmit Agi, Israel Tour Co-ordinator, January 2012
The Jerusalem event was set in a very old hotel dating back to 1890 situated at the main entrance gate to the old city - the Jaffa Gate. Many people came from the street to see the event. Some just stood and looked around the room not really understanding why they were there, but they could not leave. Many people came through torrential rains to see the exhibition, some travelling all the way from Tel Aviv and other parts of Israel.
One of the volunteers was Melissa. She said she had no idea what to expect from the event. She was fearful of the other religious organizations making a protest of disagreeing with the exhibit. On her way from the Jerusalem event she visited a store and felt this over-whelming feeling of love and connectedness, like she wanted to share her open-hearted loving experience with everyone, even the guy in the store!
Between events, the team stopped at a road-side restaurant where they specialised in goat's cheese dishes. They ate there then proceeded to bless each goat as they were in line to be milked.
Many people commented on the Israel Tour on Facebook:-
"People who never heard about The Buddha told us about feeling something they have never experienced before. They said this event gave them a new perspective for what they want for their lives."
- Aline & Luis Cárcamo, organizers of Puerto Vallarta event, Mexico, Feb 2012
The Mexico Tour began in Guadalajara at the beautiful Jalisco College where 3,500 visitors came to experience the blessings of the Relics. A boy came with his pet fish. A volunteer asked him what the fish was called. He replied that it had no name. The boy watched the Relic Tour DVD. Sometime afterwards, the volunteer approached the boy again and said "Did you think of a name for the fish yet? The boy said "Yes, I will call it "Lama Zopa".
At the Puerto Vallarta event local boy scouts volunteered to help during the event. They took turns standing patiently at the buddha bath offering explaining about the Relics to each visitor. At the end of the event, the Tour team were offered honory toggles from the scout leader.
The Relic event in San Miguel De Allende, was set in a beautiful theatre, where the flooring and spot-lights created a dramatic backdrop for the Relic display. The opening of the event was attended by people of 9 different faiths with more than 300 people participating. Organiser Alejandro Negrete said:-
"It is very clear to me that the presence and guidance of the masters and the positive effort of the volunteers and everyone involved is what made the event the success that it was. In microcosm, it made me see that in order for us to move forward as a humanity, we need to learn to work together beyond our differences in order to create the enlightened world we desire.
The event in and of itself was truly miraculous. It was beautiful to see how people's hearts were uplifted, transformed, and were momentarily able to contact, even if only tenuously, their innate Buddha Nature, so that they could be reminded of who they really are."
Here is a link to the music offering at this event:-
The Relics then visited Colombia where they were displayed in Bogota, Cali and Barranquilla. All three events were a great success:-
"Thanks for giving the opportunity to come to Sacred Relics to Bogotá...I would like to invite again and again them to Bogotá...if there is any chance for that please...they are welcome to Bogotá."
- Olga Lucero Sierra Santos, organizer of Bogota event, Colombia 2012
The Relics returned to Mexico for a 10 day event at Museo Soumaya in Mexico City hosted by Casa Tibet. More than 6,000 visitors came to be blessed. Then in Querataro and Xalapa, more than 3,000 visitors came in each city to view the Relics.
"During the Australian Tour many visitors expressed their amazement at the relics and the event, and we received many requests for the Relics to return"
- Andy Melnic, Australia Relic Manager March 2012
A young visitor is happy to receive a blessing in Adelaide!
The Australia tour kicked off in Brisbane in January with a wonderful event hosted by Langri Tenpa FPMT Center. The Relics then visited Adelaide, Alice Springs, Mullumbimby, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne.
At each event a representative from the Aborginal nation offered a "Welcome to the Country" speech during the opening ceremony.
In Mullumbimby, the Relics were displayed at the beautiful Crystal Castle, located on top of the mountain with landscaped gardens with Buddha statues and enormous crystals from Brazil. We discovered that 30 years ago, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe visited this mountain. Today a stupa is being built by the Gyuto monks at Crystal Castle and some of Lama's ashes will go into the stupa.
Kangaroo receives a blessing in Alice Springs, February 2012
At the Cairns event, Ven Rinchen gave blessings with the Buddha Relics, she said:-
"I had one big hulk of a man who said "Never done anything like this before" I got him to kneel down and feel the peace and light fill his heart and body, when he looked up his eyes were full of tears as he said "Never expected that!"
You can visit our Blog for more about the Cairns event (http://maitreyaproject.org/blog/)
We are delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, we have created a new Relic Tour brochure! Many more relics have been offered to the Relic Tour during the past 5 years and we have updated the brochure to include details of the life and teachings of each "new" Master included.
Every page of this new version brims with the blessings and energy of the Relics. It is beautifully designed and includes many stories and quotes from visitors and hosts. It's very inspiring.
The new brochure has been designed in two versions. One version features all the Relics touring in the Americas (Central and South America, USA and Canada). The other version features all the Relics touring Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
We feel the wide distribution of the Relic Tour experience in printed form is a wonderful way to share the blessings of the Tour and its message of loving-kindness and universality. The new Relic Tour brochures will be offered to visitors by donation at each Relic event. They will also be sent to hosts around the world to present to possible venues, encourage volunteers to get involved and to promote the event in the local media.
We are seeking sponsorship for printing the new Relic Tour brochures. The Relic Tour is completely reliant on the generosity of sponsors and event visitors in order to continue to be able to offer the blessings of the Relics around the world.
We would like to print 2,000 brochures: 1,000 for the Americas Tour and 1,000 for the non-Americas Tour. We estimate the printing and shipping costs to be approximately $10,000 US dollars.
Your help in sponsoring part or all of the printing provides countless future opportunities for visitors to re-read, and experience the blessings of the holy relics.
If you feel you could assist us in the printing of the new brochures we would love to hear from you.
With many thanks from everyone on the Relic Tour team to all many hosts, volunteers and sponsors around the world for all their continual kindness, generosity and support.
For information about upcoming Relic Tour events please visit the Relic Tour Calendar.