January 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Jade Buddha Returns


January 24th to February 8th at the Ichimura-Miami Japanese Garden
Chakrasamvara Center, the City of Miami and the Asian-American Advisory Board are pleased to announce the arrival of Jade Buddha to South Florida, a magnificent 5-ton precious jade statue which will be on exhibit to the public as part of the 2015 Bodhi Festival at Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden in Miami Beach (Parrot Jungle Island). From January 24 to February 8.

This world-famous sculpture is the main attraction of the World Tour of Universal Peace, a travelling international exhibition promoting spiritual awakening of consciousness and mindfulness in people’s lives.

Bodhi Festival 2015 is an incredible celebration of multicultural dances, a wide variety of organic and international food, and numerous outdoor activities for the entire family

“During the event, festival-goers will enjoy a great journey through 4 international exhibit pavilions: Exhibiting world-famous Jade Buddha, a precious 4-ton pure Jade beautifully sculptured Lady Buddha, a magical jade tiara; and a historical collection of Buddha’s Relics.”

April 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Bodhi Festival 2014

8,000 pound, 9-foot tall solid Jade Buddha statue is on display in Miami through April 13th. This is the largest hand-carved sculpture in the world and is valued at $5 million dollars. The temple site will be open to the public through April 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Get tickets here. You can also purchase tickets at the gate.

Jade Buddha in the Japanese Garden from @MaxineViktor

Jade Buddha in the Japanese Garden via @MaxineViktor

Highlighted activities for the weekends of April 5th-6th and April 12th-13th will offer visitors 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.

Drepung monks presented Snow Lion performance from @JadeBuddhaPeace

Drepung monks presented Snow Lion performance via @JadeBuddhaPeace

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!

Monks in the Japanese Garden from @MaxineViktor

Monks in the Japanese Garden via @MaxineViktor

A Closing Ceremony will be held 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.

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History: 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 hand-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.

Green Tara unveiled for her first showing in USA via @JadeBuddhaPeace

Green Tara unveiled for her first showing in USA via @JadeBuddhaPeace

ChakraSamvara, Unity is Change and the City of Miami are honored to host the 2014 Tour of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. Please call (305) 672-8740 for more information or email unityischange@gmail.com

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The Jade Buddha is ready for Miami via @JadeBuddhaPeace

Celebrating its visit to South Florida at a Public Opening Ceremony Saturday, April 5th at 10am, monks and spiritual leaders from all traditions – Jewish, Muslim, Hinduism, Catholic communities and area dignitaries – chanted prayers and hymns. Tribute songs of universal peace “Imagine” and “We Are the World” were sung, and the popular sand mandala was consecrated by Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery, as part of their opening dedication for Universal Peace. A multicultural festival that will give visitors a full range of spiritual awakening activities, entertainment and rays of different cultural and organic, healthy food continues through April 13th.

Bodhi Fest Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years. Parking is $8 per vehicle across the street in the marina lot. (305) 672-8740 for information.