Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre

Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre

September 16, 2009 10:30 ET

Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre: Rare Buddhist Relics on Public Display in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2009) -  

"The very name 'Maitri', that's loving-kindness. Now in today's world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya, Maitri, loving-kindness. So this is a huge project, right from the beginning, I simply admire those concerned people especially the late Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche really devoted to making this huge statue, and many followers really putting in effort, I really admire and I appreciate."

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dates23, 24 & 25 October 2009
TimesFriday: 7pm Opening Ceremony
Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 10am to 4pm
VenueTibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, 40 Titan Road, Toronto
ContactWoeser Jongdong Tel. 647 296 6222 Email: info@tcccgc.org
EntranceEntrance free, donations welcome

Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre (TCCC) will organize 3 day long exhibition of precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters in TCCC, Toronto in collaboration with Maitreya Project Relic, currently touring the world.

This is a rare opportunity to view these relics, which were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death.

Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.

The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor's head as a personal blessing.

According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world. Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a 500-ft/152-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha that is being built in Kushinagar, northern India.

Maitreya Project puts the teachings of loving-kindness into action by:

  • building the 500ft/152m Maitreya Buddha statue – a magnificent monument to loving-kindness intended to inspire people all across the world to think and act with kindness
  • providing, free of charge, spiritual, education and healthcare facilities in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest areas in northern India.
  • providing immediate and long-term employment.
  • helping to develop the area's infrastructure.
  • serving as a focus and influence for sustainable, positive development in this emerging part of India.

For more information, a press pack and downloadable images of the relics, please visit:


Contact Information

  • Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre
    Woeser Jongdong