Festivals & Fairs Miami-Dade County

The Jade Buddha in the Universal Peace Tour 2014 (Bodhi Fest Miami)

Bodhi Fest MiamiApril 5 & 6, 10am-6pm - Ichimura Japanese Garden, 1101 MacArthur Causeway, Miami 

Chakra Samvara Presents: The Jade Buddha in the Universal Peace Tour 2014. In 2000, a massive boulder of Jade was discovered in the arctic circle of Canada. Consisting of 18 tons of gemstone quality jade, it was called “the find of the millennium” and was given the name “Polar Pride.” Over the next five years professional carvers and artists sculpted and carved the 5-ton Jade boulder into a spectacular 7-foot high Buddha, including the lotus and throne. Today, the magnificent and spiritual icon is honored as a wonder in the present-day world. ChakraSamvara is honored to host the 2014 Tour of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. At the temple site, the largest Jade Buddha in the world will be open to the public from April 5th through April 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating its visit to South Florida at an Opening Ceremony on Saturday, April 5th at 10am , monks and spiritual leaders from ALL traditions — Jewish, Muslim, Hinduism, Catholic communities and area dignitaries — will chant prayers and hymns. Tribute songs of universal peace “Imagine” and “We Are the World” will be sung, and the popular sand mandala will be consecrated by Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery, as part of their opening dedication for Universal Peace. A multicultural festival that will give the attendants/visitors a full range of spiritual awakening activities, entertainment and rays of different cultural and earthy, organic, healthy food.

Highlighted activities for the weekends of April 5-6th and April 12th-13th will offer attendees a variety of Asian entertainment, featuring Chinese Lion Dance, Tibetan Snow Lion Dance, Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine and Indian Persian Folk Dance, Tibetan Monks Cultural Dance, Arts and Crafts, Organic Food, Plants and Exotic cuisine, the Dragon Boat Display, performances by Japanese Taiko drummers, Yoga and martial arts demonstrations.  Visitors can treat their palates to cuisine from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Iran, Korea, Laos, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. There will be kabobs, papaya salad, fried rice, lo mein noodles, finger foods such as sausage puffs, fried taro root, fried plantains, and fried purple yams, sticky rice in bamboo, char-coaled rice cakes, Pad Thai, curries, Boca/Bubble drinks by Boca Bubble Tea, lychee ice cream, Chang beer, dessert, and more! A Closing Ceremony will be held on Sunday April 13th at 5pm with the Snow Lion Dance along with chanting from all Spiritual Sectors, and a full ceremony of the Sand Mandala Destruction for Universal Peace is to be followed.

The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for visitors, irrespective of their religion, to take a moments to reflect upon Peace; Peace for the Universe; Peace in Personal Relationships; Peace for Families and Friends; Peace at Work; and most importantly Peace in one’s own heart and mind. Visitors may also simply receive the connection to the jade stone that is often considered the Gem of Heaven, and is a symbolic link between Humanity and Spirituality. A mineral associated with longevity, beauty, worth and love. Jade is believed to have great medicinal properties for the kidneys, which aids in blood detoxification, and works with the heart and nervous system. These healing properties have kept Jade on a different level among the gem stones.  Prayers for universal peace, and a combination of the Jade Buddha with fun-filled activities and rays of international food at the 1st Bodhi Festival comes April 5th through the 13th, from 10am to 8pm. General Admission is $10.