Our January 5th meetings will begin, as usual, at 7pm in Waveland Hall with a short meditation geared toward a miraculous 2012! Cathy Lindsey will deliver our astrological outlook for January and we will have a few short announcements. (Please, do keep them short, dear ones.)
Kevin Thoren will then present the... Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour.
“From Loving – Kindness, then you can achieve Freedom”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director, Maitreya Project
The purpose of the Relic Tour is to inspire people of all spiritual traditions and paths to come together to experience the blessings of the relics, loving-kindness, peace naturally arises in our hearts and in our surrounding world.
This is a rare opportunity, as in the past, the Relics have been kept in secret locations and never allowed to be seen. I was inspired to invite them to Des Moines in late spring of 2011. I had a strong spiritual desire to bring them here without knowing why. The Relic Tour Coordinator receives thousands of requests every year. It is an amazing honor that we were chosen to host the Relics in Des Moines August 17, 18 & 19th of 2012.
The collection includes relics of the historical Buddha and the Buddha’s closest disciples as well as many other well-known Buddhist masters from different Buddhist traditions.
Most of the relics — those found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters — resemble beautiful pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe these relics are produced as a result of the master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Since we can all develop these qualities, the relics are a reminder of our own essential nature of purity and our inner potential to manifest that.
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
We will be showing a 35 minute video about the Maitreya Project and sharing many stories from the Relic Custodians and also my own personal experiences being with them.
Kevin Thoren's company is Banyan Tree Health & Well-Being. He started his healing journey in earnest over 6 years ago and has been blessed with the gift of helping others open their hearts, which in turn leads to a more fulfilling life. He helps people open to loving themselves through using their heart as the compass.
Our heart leads us on this path called life. Kevin finds joy working with others to unlock their potential and supporting transformation in their lives.
Kevin uses CranioSacral, Bowen and External Qigong Therapy, as well as massage, to help release energies that have gotten stuck. Stuck energies limit our experiences of life, thus limiting our ability to experience Joy, and love.
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