Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2013, 8:53 pm

Figge features sacred Buddhist relics

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By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com

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A demonstration of Buddhist bathing waters entthralled this young girl at an exhibit in Beausoleil, France. The free world-wide public exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and other great Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea and China will be on display Friday, Sept. 6, to Sunday, Sept. 8, at Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. An opening ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; and the display will continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

DAVENPORT -- A worldwide free public exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea and China will be on display Friday, Sept. 6, to Sunday, Sept. 8,at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St.

An opening ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The display will continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sacred relics to be displayed were found among cremation ashes of these Buddhist masters. The relics resemble pearl-like crystals called "rringsel."

The Dalai Lama also has added eight Buddha relics that are more than 2,500 years old and were rescued from Tibet in 1959, after the invasion of China. The tour also features relics from more than 40 other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world.

Visitors also may participate in a blessing ceremony, during which relics get placed on the crown of visitors' heads.

The tour was created in 2001 by Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The tour has visited 67 countries, drawing more than 1.4 million people.