The collection, photographed by Chris Dean in Thursday’s Style section, also includes relics of Buddhist masters from the Chinese, Indian, Korean and Tibetan traditions. Buddhists believe the relics are produced as a result of the master’s spiritual compassion and wisdom and are a reminder of the potential all people have for goodness.
The relics were in Bauxite recently as part of the Heart Shrine Relic Tour, sponsored by the Maitreya Project, a nonprofit group based in northern India. Maitreya, whose name means loving-kindness, is believed to be the future Buddha.
Caroline Vo, a temple member who helped organize the event, estimated that about 1,200 people visited the relics. Vo says she was “deeply moved” by the experience.
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