All of his life, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been collecting sacred relics offered by Buddhist masters around the world. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has offered eight relics of Shakyamuni Buddha to the collection. Eventually the entire collection will be enshrined at the heart of the Maitreya Buddha statue being built in India.
From time to time, visitors at Relic Tour events offer to the collection, relics with which they themselves have been entrusted. Their intention is that many others may benefit.
This incredible generosity and kindness means that the collection is becoming larger and more varied, and now includes masters from many different Buddhist traditions. This reflects the Relic Tour's non-sectarian approach and universal message.
Thus, as the Tour travels around the globe, the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour collection is constantly evolving and growing.
There follows below, more information about some of the relics presently in the collection:
Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha's Heart Disciples: Venerables Shariputra, Maudgalyayana, Ananda, Kondanna, Rahula
His Holiness the First Karmapa
Lama Thubten Yeshe
His Holiness the 15th Karmapa
His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche
Geshe Yeshe Tobden
Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche
His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa
Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche
Geshe Lama Konchog
Vajrasattva Sky Relic
Relics from 500 Arhats
Marpa the Translator
Jamyang Chokyi Lödro
Chokgyur Lingpa (Chöling) Tertön
Master Seong-cheol Sunim