This Event is Offered Free of Charge

See Hours for Relics Exhibit Above

October 4-6

Church of the Holy City
1611 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

5 Blocks from Dupont Circle North Metro

A Weekend of Peace and Refuge
In Our Nation's Capital

The Loving Kindness Tour Arrives in Washington, DC


Please join us for this special occasion. Those who have attended a viewing of these sacred relics in other cities have reported a very special experience, something deeply moving that generated a profound sense of peace. We invite you to experience it for yourself.

This is a rare opportunity to experience an exhibit of sacred relics from Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha (donated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama), as well as relics from other Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea and China.

Please Join Us for the Opening Ceremony
Friday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Ordained and lay members of the community welcome the relics to DC with prayer, chants and meditation. Bhante Uparatana, Buddhist chaplain at American University, gives a brief talk on loving kindness. The relics exhibit then opens to the public.

More Info About the Relics Exhibit HERE


A Celebration of Loving Kindness

Films, Talks, Meditation + Music

In addition to the exhibition of relics, BuddhaFest and Allies in Compassion are presenting films, talks, meditation and music throughout the weekend at the same location. All events are free.

See Schedule Below

See Images of the Full Relics Collection HERE

A Fascinating Video About the Relics Tour

Schedule of Events for
A Celebration of Loving Kindness

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6


Church of the Holy City
1611 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

5 Blocks from Dupont Circle North Metro


All events are offered FREE of charge.


Tickets are not required.  

Space is limited. Please arrive early. 

In addition to the exhibition of relics (see hours at top of page), BuddhaFest and Allies in Compassion are offering films, talks, meditation and music throughout the weekend.




11am - Noon:  Insight Meditation Community of Washington Presents

Senior Teacher Hugh Byrne leads a talk and meditation. Loving kindness is a quality of boundless heart that arises naturally when we open fully and without judgement of our present experience. The practice of loving kindness connects us to a joyful and radiant heart, helping us to cultivate our own happiness, and a deep compassion for others. 


3:30pm - 4:30pm:  DC Dana Village Presents


Dr. Robert Rhyne, the founder of DC Dāna Village, offers a talk and meditation on Maranassati -- the mindfulness of death. Dr. Rhyne will also provide insight into the meaning and relevance of the relics in the Theravadan tradition. Dr. Rhyne has been meditating for over 30 years and has practiced under numerous teachers, mostly Theravadan Buddhist monks. He is the lay meditation teacher at the Washington Buddhist Vihara, the oldest Theravadan Buddhist temple in the United States. Dr. Rhyne received a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University and holds other graduate degrees. Please take your seats early. This session will be conducted as a guided mediation. We respectfully request no late arrivals.

5:30pm - 6:30pm:  Partners for Tibetan Education Present


Pema Dechen Gorap presents a talk on the programs that the organization has in place for Tibetan refugees, children, and international groups.  PTE is dedicated to helping Tibetan children in exile in the study of their endangered language and culture, especially the study of Buddhism. PTE also facilitates Tibetan culture education for non-Tibetans.


7pm - 8:30pm:  Film - WITH ONE VOICE  See Trailer HERE


This film won two bronze 2009 Telly Awards for Best Spiritual/Religious Documentary. Contemporary spiritual teachers and mystics share their common vision of our human essence. This documentary invites us to see beyond the illusion of separation, and into the deepest levels of the spiritual experience. That is where, regardless of our tradition, we speak with one voice. Teachers in the film include Buddhists Joseph Goldstein, Bhante Gunaratana, Joan Halifax Roshi and Yongyey Mingyur Rinpoche. They join many other mystics from various religions and spiritual paths in this insightful and heartfelt film.





Noon - 1pm:  Guhyasamaja Center: Universal Love


Lorne Ladner presents a talk and guided meditation, based on Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche's unique presentation of a meditation on equanimity and universal love.  This teaching is based on Rinpoche's new book, Easy Path: Illuminating the Panchen Lama's Secret Instructions," where he presents a beautiful meditation that includes nine contemplations on Mahayana equanimity.


1pm - 2pm:  Heart Songs


Angela Blueskies leads a session that invites you to embrace self-expression.  Using embodied meditations on sound that are inspired by yoga, she will lead group chants and facilitate simple and fun exercises that connect your voice and heart, and that encourage the expression of your authentic truth.


2pm - 3pm:  Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC Presents


Shastri Jerry Webster leads an exploration into how the practice of meditation allows us to come into contact with our own basic goodness and that of the world around us. In Shambhala Buddhism, as in most forms of Buddhism, love and compassion begin at "home."  Practicing loving kindness toward oneself makes it possible for us to have that same love and compassion for others. These qualities of caring are possible because they are nurtured by a world that is basically good.


3:30pm - 5:00pm:  Film - BUCK  See Trailer HERE


This film was the documentary winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. BUCK is a richly textured and visually stunning film that follows a real-life "horse-whisperer" as he turns away from the violence of his upbringing, and teaches people to communicate with their horses through kindness and sensitivity, rather than punishment. This moving film speaks on many levels and shows us the near magical abilities of the power of love, respect and kindness. BUCK demonstrates how some of the most powerful spiritual lessons are communicated simply by living one's life with integrity, and doing one's work with care and kindness.


Schedule subject to change, and additional events may be added.  

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