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The Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour, a collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and other Buddhist masters assembled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, broke a record for most visitors in Thimphu, Bhutan, the country’s capital. The relics were showcased in RAPA Hall to an estimated 62,000 according to Ugyen Wangdi in an email to Rinpoche.
“A lady in yesterday’s TV interview on Bhutan Broadcast Service,” Ugen adds, “said that the relics came to Bhutan through your auspices.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche replied:
Thank you very, very much your kind letter and photos and thank you so much supporting the relics. It becomes great purification, way to collect extensive merits for sentient beings, plants the seed of the path to enlightenment that makes it more possible to achieve enlightenment and to free all the sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring to enlightenment.”
After Bhutan, the Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour continues its European and Asian tour in Sikkim and then with an extended stay in Australia. The concurrent Americas tour is in Miami, Florida, United States until November 17 before moving on to Texas, New Mexico, California and Washington.
Kuensel Online, a Bhutanese daily news site, offers some insight into what the relic tour coming to the country means for the people there.
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