The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour has been sharing the wonderful and inspiring Relics of Buddha, Indian and Tibetan Saints and Teachers for over 10 years in different locations around the world. From 14th – 16th November 2014, the venue was Aula Maxima Hall, University College Cork. Each time the Relics are displayed, either a Lama or an ordained person attends and gives blessings. Venerable Panchen Otrul Rinpoche had accepted the invitation to be present and offer blessings in Cork.
Venerable Rinpoche was welcomed to the opening ceremony on Friday 14th November by the Lady Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mary Shields, and the opening ceremony was attended by other guests of honour, Professor Brian Bocking, Head of School of Asian Studies at the UCC, Ani Tenzin Choeden of Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre Cavan. Mr Peter Tadd and Richard were the organisers of the event.
Surrounding a huge golden Maitreya Buddha statue were relics from all different eras, ranging from Buddha Shakymuni, Disciples of Buddha such as Ananda and Shariputra, Teachers such as Milarepa and Lama Tsong Khapa, right through to Lamas who have died comparatively recently, such as Lama Yeshi.
From their huge compassion for sentient beings these realised beings had left behind relics that could be found after their cremation, such as tiny pills and hair and robe fragments, to inspire Buddhist practice. There was an incredible atmosphere of peace and loving kindness in the hall as visitors circumambulated, made offerings, and contemplated the relics. The organisers had counted about 1,900 visitors to the tour, and Venerable Panchen Otrul Rinpoche gave blessings to nearly all who came. Ven Rinpoche also gave a talk to approximately 25 students of Religion at the request of the Head of Department, Professor Bocking.
Log on to www.maitreyarelictour.com for more details. Internet users can also watch a YouTube video about the process of cremation and the finding of relics.