This weekend brings what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some priceless historical items.

A free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display from September 12-14 in Rockford at Phap Lam Temple. Organizers say most of the relics in this collection resemble beautiful multi-colored pearl-like crystals and are more than 2,600 years old. Several of the relics are on loan from the 14th Dalai Lama’s own personal collection. The public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and (the best part, of course) free to attend.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour
Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour
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This sort of exhibition makes your life easier, as the items come to us in Rockford instead of having to travel half-way across the world. If you'd like to check it out, the exhibiton is open Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It's all happening at Phap Lam Temple, located at 518 15th Avenue in  Rockford.

This video provides a good overview of the tour, the events, and the relics. This version is from 2012 and since then tour name has been updated to Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour:

The Tour has visited 68 countries and more than 2.3 million people have seen the relics.