Relics to go on display

Precious relics found in the cremation ashes of the Buddhist masters are to go on show in the Capital this weekend.

The relics resemble pearl-like crystals and Buddhists believe they “embody the Buddha’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom”. They will be displayed at Edinburgh University’s Chaplaincy Centre from tomorrow until Sunday.

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Visitors will be able to see the crystals inside display cases surrounding a life-size golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and will be invited to “participate in a blessing ceremony”.

Neill Walker, of Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, who is organising the event, said: “The Tour of the Buddha’s relics to Edinburgh provides a unique opportunity for participants to experience inspiration and healing.”