These relics capture the essence of loving kindness embodied by the Buddha. They are crystal-like objects left behind by a number of Buddhist masters, including the Buddha himself. The objects remained when the bodies of these masters were cremated.
The event is part of a world tour of more than 100 cities across North America, Asia, Russia, and the Pacific Rim. While appreciating the beauty of the collection, visitors have experienced a sense of peace and love - even healing.
University of Arizona psychologist Dr. Victor Shamas, who has been instrumental in bringing the tour to Tucson, notes. "Being in the presence of the Relics was a profound, life-changing experience for me. Four hours passed, and it felt more like four minutes. I have never experienced anything like it."
When the world tour is over, the collection will be permanently installed in a shrine being built in Kushinagar, India, which is scheduled for completion in 2010.
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