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

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.