“People are deeply moved when they come in contact with the relics…there are so many stories. This is definitely one method for bringing people to enlightenment. The relics have incredible benefit for the world…people want them very much…and there is greater and greater benefit now….
I didn’t know the Relic Tour would be of such great benefit to the world; create such devotion. Devotion is the source. From devotion you get blessings, from blessings you get realizations, the strength to engage in the path.
The Relic Tour is one way to bring world peace, through people changing their mind. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, ‘outer peace through inner peace.’ So the relics take a very important role in world peace. That’s the purpose for the Buddha leaving relics.”
— Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of Maitreya Project