Apr 20, 2012
The HSU Religious Studies Club invites the campus community to an exhibition of a precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters. The relics will be on display at the Veterans Hall Memorial Building, 1425 J St., in Arcata on. An opening ceremony takes place on Friday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The display continues on Saturday, April 28, from 10 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, from 10 to 5 p.m.
The exhibition is a rare opportunity to view these relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics 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 participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s 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 500-ft/152-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Kushinagar, northern India.
For more information, contact Amritesh Wilson, at email@example.com or (707) 599-4997, or visit http://www.maitreyaproject.org.