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Relics of the Buddha and other Buddhist Masters in Auckland

When:

Fri 14 May 2010, 5:00pm–7:00pm
Sat 15 May 2010, 10:00am–7:00pm
Sun 16 May 2010, 10:00am–7:00pm

Where: Awataha Marae, 58 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: amitabhahospice

A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world and are going to be visiting Auckland in May.

The relics will be displayed at Awataha Marae, 58 Akoranga Drive, Northcote. The opening ceremony will be at 5pm on the 14th May, and the relics will be on display for viewing of the general public for the following two days the 15th and 16th May, from 10am to 7.00pm.

Throughout the viewing times, there will be live presentations by the Relic Managers explaining what the Relics are, why they are touring the world and why it is beneficial to be in their presence, there will be a DVD presentation about the Project and the Tour that visitors can watch, the Sanghata Sutra writing, a Shop and a Cafeteria Service

This is a free event, and a rare opportunity, for these relics were found among the cremation ashes of the Buddha and other Buddhist Masters. These relics resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals and they embody the Master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom for they are deliberately produced at the time of death.

A Buddhist master is "able to control the materials in their bodies and produce these objects because he's practised compassion and wisdom and the teachings and meditated intensively," Tour Manager Victoria Ewart said.

This is an inter faith non-sectarian event, promoting loving kindness and world peace.

Visitors will have the opportunity to be personally blessed by the relics of the Buddha, which are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal special blessing. Some visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing, while others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics.

The relics have been displayed in different places around the world, while in Colombia, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was present in the Opening Ceremony, while in Japan, the Relics were display at the Hiroshima bomb shrine in February 2010.

Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a 500-ft/152m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Kushinagar, northern India. According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world.

Some of the historical Buddhist relics, for example, came directly from the 14th Dalai Lama. Several of the relics from Tibet were formerly housed in Stupas, sacred Buddhist shrines, destroyed by the Chinese Communist invasion, said Ewart, who works at the Land of Medicine Buddha center in Santa Cruz.

The Honourable Dalai Lama said “this project is really wonderful; and is the result of great courage and determination and from the depths of my heart I appreciate and applaud this wonderful project. You should realise this is a holy and sacred project”

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