Called ringsel in Tibetan, the relics resemble pearl-like crystals and other gemstones and strands of precious metals. Traditionally, when Buddhist masters pass away, their cremation ashes are searched in the hope of finding these precious relics. The relics are said to embody the master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom, and to be deliberately produced by him to inspire and bless. Eight of the relics are from the historical Buddha and were offered to the tour by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who rescued them from Tibet in 1959 after the occupation by China.
The tour also features relics from over 40 other masters. Hosted in Washington, DC by Allies in Compassion and BuddhaFest, the exhibition will be augmented by a Celebration of Loving Kindness featuring films, talks, meditation and music throughout the weekend. All events are offered free of charge and are intended for people from all walks of life, cultures, and faiths.
Those who have viewed the relics often report being moved by the energy that fills the space. Nearly everyone reports some kind of change or shift, such as a release of physical or emotional pain, or the experience of a profound sense of peace. Visitors can receive blessings from the relics, and people are encouraged to bring children and pets.
In addition to the relics exhibition, a Loving Kindness Celebration with music, meditation, film and discussion will be held throughout the weekend. Watch for details to be announced soon.
The exhibition and other events are offered free of charge.