Frequently Asked Questions

What are the relics and what do they look like?

When we normally think of relics, we think of items connected to a holy person or actual body parts preserved. That is not necessarily a pleasant thought or display. However, these relics resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe these relics embody the Buddha and his following master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master and subsequent masters at their death.

When are the relics coming to the Quad Cities?

September 6, 7, and 8, 2013 ~ Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport Iowa   52801

September 6, Friday: Opening Ceremony, 6 - 8 pm.
September 7, Saturday: viewing 10 am to 7 pm.
September 8, Sunday: viewing 10 am to 5 pm.

Are the relics authentic?

It is believed that the relics of the historic Buddha, his closest disciples, and the other masters are authentic. For many years now, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Director of this project, has been collecting relics of the Buddha and other revered Buddhist masters from around the world. Many living Buddhist masters from a number of traditions and countries, including Burma, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Tibet, Korea and Taiwan, have offered sacred relics to the collection. His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered eight relics of Shakyamuni Buddha from his personal collection.

Why should I view or experience the relics?

Besides the historical aspects of the relics, in each city that the relics visit, they have been said to inspire communities to come together and experience an inter–faith celebration focused on our shared human qualities of love, compassion, and the importance of having a “good heart”.

Where will the relics and events be located?

All events will be held at Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport. The address is 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport Iowa 52801. The Figge Art Museum is located very near the Mississippi River. The facility itself is the most prominent art museum in the Quad Cities and is a fitting place to display these historic relics.

How much is the cost of admission to see the relics?

Admission is free to all relic events.

I am Christian not Buddhist. Why would I want to view or experience the relics?

It does not matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs are. If you believe in world peace and harmony, then this event is for you. This event is all about the loving kindness that naturally emanates from all our hearts and souls.

Like Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Buddhists do not worship statues and religious artifacts. A Buddhist image is used as an inspiration for creating and spreading positive human qualities. It’s a uniquely powerful means to developing love, kindness, and compassion.

The tour brings together people of all humanitarian and spiritual traditions to create the causes for world peace by sharing the blessings of a precious collection of more than 1,000 sacred Buddhist relics.

This is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to connect in loving compassion by peoples of all faiths and even of no faiths. It is a gathering to receive and give compassion, connection, and unconditional love. It is connecting and healing. 

What have others experienced when viewing the relics?

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. Some people are witnessed to be deeply moved when they come in contact with the relics. To read testimonials from visitors around the world, visit the Maitreya Project Visitor's Experiences.

Why should I and my family and friends view the relics?

Besides the historical aspect of the relics, viewing these holy relics may inspire us:

  • To develop our own hearts and minds
  • To develop love, kindness, and compassion
  • To understand spiritual teachings

If I miss the relics in the Quad Cities, is there any place else on the tour I can see them in the U.S. Midwest?

If you miss the relics in Quad Cities or want to experience them again, they are not currently scheduled to be in the Midwest but will be going to Ft. Worth Texas later in 2013. The Relics visit London, Ontario, Canada the week following their trip to the Quad Cities. For the full calendar see the Maitreya Project Relic Tour  for tour dates and locations.

How can I contribute to defray the cost of this rare opportunity?

Donor contributions enable this event to be offered free to the public. If you feel inspired to contribute to defraying the costs of bringing the relics to the heartland, we currently accept donations via cash, check. Please visit our Contact Page to find out how to Support.