Sacred relics from Tibet on display

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A free public exhibition of ancient and sacred relics from the historical Buddha and many other Eastern masters from Tibet, India and China will be on display at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness Saturday through Sunday. 

These priceless relics are currently on tour called the "Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour."  This touring exhibit is multi-faith, multi-cultural, and free of charge.

In all, there are 3,000 relics in the collection, including some from the Dalai Lama,. Those are more than 2,600 years old. Most of the relics in this collection resemble multi colored pearl-like crystals that in Tibetan are called 'ringsel' and in Sanskrit they are known as 'Sarira.' It is believed that relics embody spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom.

Since 2010, The relics of the Buddha have been the subject of a series of ongoing scientific studies and experiments led by Stanford University physicist William A. Tiller , PhD., and former long-term Mayo clinic faculty member Nisha J. Manek, M.D. 

The exhibition is intended for people from all walks of life and faith, to learn about and to experience the historical relics.

The tour was created in 2001 by the modern day Buddhist master and Dalai Lama student Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The tour has visited 68 countries and 2.5 million people have seen the relics.

Venue: The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness - 1101 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004

When: May 16 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) & May 17 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Animal blessings Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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