To Your Health: Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour in Rockford Sept. 12-14

By Richard S. Gubbe

The return of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour will be Sept. 12-14 at the Phap Lam Temple, 518 15th Ave., in Rockford.

This world-class free exhibit features relics from the historical Buddha and many other Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, China and Korea.

The tour will feature showings from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, after a one-hour service at 6 p.m. Saturday, viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday viewing is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a worldwide touring collection of sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. The relics were found among the cremation ashes of these Buddhist masters. They resemble pearl-like crystals that Tibetans call “ringsel.”

This exhibit drew people from all over the Midwest two years ago to the Vietnamese Buddhist temple.

Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death.

The Dalia Lama has contributed eight relics of the historical Buddha that are more than 2,500 years old to this collection. The tour also features relics from 40 Buddhist masters from different parts of the world. More than 1,000 relics are included in this exhibit, making it the largest touring relic collection of its kind.

The tour was created in 2001 by the modern-day Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who collected the relics over a period of many years. The tour has now visited 68 countries and more than 2.3 million people have visited the relics. Currently, two collections are touring simultaneously: one tour is traveling in Europe/Asia and the other in the Americas.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour events are intended to be multi-faith, multi-cultural.

Senior EXPO 2014 Sept. 11-12 at Sportscore II

Lifescape Community Services will host their Senior EXPO 2014 Sept. 11-12 at Sportscore II Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, Illinois.

This is a large event for older adults, their families, friends and caregivers. Attendance is expected between 4,000 and 5,000, with more than 100 vendors.

Free hands-on healing treatments will be provided by Reiki Energy International in the free section of the expo. Possible presentations will include Healthy Eating and Lifestyles, Positive Mental Health, and Medicare and Supplemental Insurance. Topics for discussions may include preparing for retirement, active living, financial and technological services, insurance and legal services. On-site health screenings will be offered, including cholesterol, blood pressure, dental, skin cancer, etc.

The mission of the group is “to provide relevant and up-to-date information, education and recreation to older adults and their families.”

REI Health Fair & Expo

Vendors are needed for Reiki Energy International’s third annual REI Health Fair & Expo at the Tebala Shrine Center in Rockford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2.

The REI Health Fair and Expo is free to the public and will feature heath-related vendors showcasing services and products. The fair will include the latest information from local and national businesses, and is designed to build a more health-conscious community. The event will be in a 7,500-square-foot conference facility, while free symposiums and lectures will be conducted in a separate meeting room throughout the day. Fifty-five vendors will be included.

Title sponsors include WNIU-WNIJ Radio in Rockford and DeKalb and Choices Natural Market of Rockford. Numerous vendors and speakers already have been secured. Booth prices are $55 for businesses before Sept. 15. To apply as a vendor, send an e-mail to or call (815) 398-6326.

Richard Gubbe teaches health-related classes at Rock Valley College.

From the Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014, issue

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