Rokpa Zimbabawe News ~ VOLUME 6
To download a copy of this newsletter click here ~ Rokpa Newsletter.Vol 6.Special Issue on Relics Tour
SPECIAL ISSUE ON SACRED RELICS TOUR
15th July – 17th July 2011
Welcome to this special issue of the Rokpa Newsletter that focuses on the visit of the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relics Tour.
Venue: – Kagyu Hre Samye Dzong Temple, 7A Ernies Lane, Monavale
Entrance: – Free
Opening Ceremony – 5.30pm Friday 15th July
Opening Hours – 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July
Please send this information to all your friends and colleagues and encourage them to come to this auspicious event. The relics and their blessing are available to everyone, regardless of spiritual or religious background.
And…… if you want to volunteer your time during the tour, see below.
What is the Maitreya Project?
Based on the belief that loving kindness is the root cause of peace at every level of society, the Project seeks to develop loving kindness within all beings, to help them find inner peace, and as a result, to bring peace to families and communities.
In order to promote world peace, a huge statue of Maitreya, the coming ‘Buddha of loving kindness’, is being built in Kushinagar, India. As part of this project, a collection of Buddhist relics, currently touring the world, will eventually be sealed inside the statue on its completion.
The relics have been donated to the project by Buddhist masters all over the world, including the Dalai Lama. They have travelled all around the world several times and this is their first, and probably only, visit to Zimbabwe. The tour provides a rare opportunity for people of all spiritual and humanitarian persuasions to come together to create the conditions for peace in our hearts and in our world, and to experience the relics’ unique blessing.
“People are deeply moved when they come into contact with the relics… This is definitely one method for bringing people to enlightenment”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the Maitreya Project
What are relics?
Some spiritual traditions believe that when great spiritual beings die, they leave behind parts of their physical bodies that are charged with the energy that was developed throughout their lifetime. In the Christian tradition there are many relics of the various Saints, treated with great reverence and respect.
In the Buddhist tradition, it is believed that highly realised masters establish relics when they die as a means of passing on the blessings of their body, speech and mind. When such a master is cremated, beautiful pearl-like objects are sometimes found among the ashes. In Tibetan, these are called ‘ringsel’ – they are physical evidence that the teacher attained the qualities of compassion and wisdom before death – the essence of spiritual realisations.
Who can receive the blessings of the relics
The relics and their blessing are available to everyone, regardless of spiritual or religious background. The collection includes relics from the last Buddha, Shakyamuni, as well as from many of his disciples and other great Buddhist masters.
The relics will visit Zimbabwe from July 15th,(opening ceremony, 5.30pm) to July 17th, 2011, hosted by the Harare Tibetan Buddhist Samye Dzong. Throughout July 16th and 17th, visitors to the relics will have the opportunity to receive a personal blessing, with the relics, from an ordained nun.
This is a unique and beautiful exhibition of sacred relics, well worth a visit, whether you follow a spiritual path or are simply interested in the historical and cultural aspects of the tour.
Showing respect for the relics
There are no strict formalities to visiting to the relics, though the traditional approach is to circumambulate, prostrate and make offerings, but these are not in any way required. You are simply asked to be respectful and to experience the relics in whatever respectful way is most meaningful to you. You will however be asked to remove your shoes before entering the room with the exhibition. Some people are moved to pray for world peace in the presence of the relics, and for love to arise in hearts around the world.
Don’t miss this once in a life time opportunity!
Entrance is free. Refreshments and other items will be on sale at the venue.
For more information about the relics, visit www.maitreyaproject.org
For more information about the event in Harare, contact tel. 304202 or see below.
RELICS TOUR – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
Rokpa needs a number of volunteers to clean the shrine room, set up the relics exhibition and manage the visitors during the tour weekend.
We have planned a volunteers meeting on 11th July at 6.15pm after Monday meditation (meditation from 5.30m) at the Rokpa Centre on Quendon Road
If you cannot make this meeting but would still like to volunteer, please contact Hepsy Kirlew at 0773 775 475 or the Rokpa Office 304202
Volunteers are needed to do the following:
Volunteers are needed to do the following:
|Wed 13th July||9am – 1pm
|To clean the shrine room
|Thurs 14th July||9am – 1pm||To help set up the relics exhibition
(including unpacking of heavy containers)
|Fri 15th July||4.30pm – approx 8pm||To assist with the opening event, directing visitors|
|Sat 16th July||in 2- hour slots from 8am – 5.30pm||To assist with directing visitors, help with teas, the book shop and DVD showing|
|Sun 17th July||in 2-hour slots from 8am – 5.30pm||To assist with directing visitors, help with teas, the book shop and DVD showing|
|Mon 18th July||9am – 12noon||To dismantle and pack up the exhibition
We are aiming to have one person to coordinate each day. If you can take on this role, please let us know. Many thanks!
AND, FINALLY…… A LETTER FROM THE KAGYU SAMYE DZONG KITCHEN
Dear Rokpa members,
As you all know, the Relics Tour is due to take place next week Friday 15th July – Sunday 17th July. We would be most grateful for any contributions as follows:
- Snacks for the Opening night which commences at 5.30 pm. We are expecting a lot of people at this ceremony.
- Eats for the tea table – teas will be served from 9.00 am to 5.30 p.m. Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July
Your contributions delivered to the Kagyu Samye Dzong kitchen would be very much appreciated.
VISITING TEACHERS CALENDAR – 2011
Looking beyond the Relics Tour…. And our calendar is looking quite full. We will include details on each of these events in forthcoming newsletters.
|approx. Friday 9th September – Monday 12th September||Ringu Tulku is a highly acclaimed Tibetan Buddhist Master and teacher who participates in various interfaith, Science and Buddhist dialogues. Details to follow.|
|Rob Nairn and Opening of Hangani Centre
|21st September – 13th October
|Fri 23rd Sept – Sun 2nd October: experienced meditators retreat.
Fri 7th – Sun 9th October: Chikukwa visit – opening of Hangani Centre.
|Karmapa 900||14th – 25th November
|A tour of the Southern hemisphere to commemorate the 900th birth of the 1st Karmapa. Southern Africa (including Zimbabwe)|
|Lama Yeshe Rinpoche||March 2012
|(possibly with Ken and Katia Holmes)|
Unless otherwise mentioned, these events take place at either the Kagyu Harare Samye Dzong Temple (7a Ernies Lane, Monavale) or at Rokpa Centre Shrine Room (34 Quendon Road, Mabelreign, opposite the Italian Club).
|Meditation followed by soup and socializing||5.30pm – 6.10pm||Quendon Road|
|Tuesday||Amitabha and Dorje Sempa
|8.00am – 10.00am
5.30pm – 6.30pm
|Green Tara||7.30am – 8.45am||Quendon Road|
|Chenrezig||5.30pm – 6.10pm||Ernie’s Lane (KHSD)|
|Yoga (Roger)||7.30am – 9.00am||Quendon Road|
of every month
|Meditation Retreat||8.30am – 12.00pm||Ernie’s Lane (KHSD)|
of every month
|Practice Morning (Ngondro, Chenresig, shine, or whatever your practice is)||9.30am – 12.30pm||Ernie’s Lane (KHSD)|
Rokpa Office Amina Zuarica 304 202
Monday meditation Marie Andrews 302 051
Chenresig Kala Antao 302 137
Amitaba / Dorje Sempa Maia C. Repond 303 591
Green Tara Tania Dos Remedios 744724
Yoga Roger Castelin 0712 630 698
Angela Neighbour 740 580
Sunday Meditation Kala Antao 302 137
Sunday Practice Jane Pilosoff 861 030
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Pam and Kala