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Rare Buddhist relics on display September '09 in Minneapolis

Relics of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha
Relics of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha

Physical relics of well-known Buddhist masters, allegedly including the historical Buddha and his closest followers, will be on display at Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery September 18, 19, and 20.  Found among the cremation ashes of influential Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan teachers, these pearl-like crystals are objects of contemplation that are also believed, in some traditions, to embody the masters’ qualities of wisdom and compassion.  The relics will be shown in display cases encircling a life-size, gold statue of Maitreya Buddha, thought prophetically as the next great teacher continuing the instruction on loving-kindness, or “Maitri,” of the original Siddhartha Gotama.

The international relic tour is sponsored by the Maitreya Project, a humanitarian effort to put Maitri in action by bringing spiritual education, health care, employment and development to Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas in northern India.  Kushinagar will be the relic’s eventual home, enshrined in a 500-foot statue of Maitreya meant to inspire all people toward the practice of loving-kindness.  

"Now in today's world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya, Maitri, loving-kindness,” said HH Dalai Lama, commenting on the Project’s role in addressing a particular urgency to alleviate human suffering.


The relics will be on display at Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery, located at 2605 Taylor St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, according to the following schedule:

Friday, September 18th:  Opening procession at 6:30 p.m., viewing hours to follow until 9:30 p.m. 


Saturday, September 19th:  Relics on display 10 a.m. to 7p.m., special blessings between 1 and 3 p.m. outside tent area.  (These are pet blessings.)

Sunday, September 20th:  Relics on display 10 a.m. to 7p.m.

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.

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For more information about the Maitreya Project, including a press pack and downloadable images of the relics, see

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  • Kristen Wilkerson - America in Photos Examiner 5 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • L. Marie 5 years ago

    I visited this monastary on Saturday and had the most wonderful experience during the blessing. Having Minneapolis on the world tour was a true gift.