- $8 for one single-day ticket to Bodhi Festival Miami (up to $11.54 value)
- When: Saturday, April 5, through Sunday, April 13
- Where: Ichimura Japanese Garden
- General admission
- Gate time: 10 a.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Admission is free for children under age 5. Most festival activities take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekends, April 5–6 and 12–23.
Bodhi Festival Miami
- The back story: In 2000, an 18-ton jade boulder was discovered in Canada’s Arctic Circle. Sculptors spent five years transforming it into a seven-foot tall Buddha, and this spring it will become the centerpiece of a festival devoted to peace, spirituality, and intercultural exchanges.
- Opening ceremony activities: Spiritual leaders from a variety of faiths chant and pray, monks from Tibet’s Drepung Gomang Monastery consecrate the sand mandala, and attendees sing “Imagine” and “We Are the World.”
- Performances that will make you wish your feet were multilingual: a Chinese lion dance, a dance by Tibetan monks, and folk dancing from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Persia
- What else you’ll see: a Dragon Boat display, Japanese Taiko drummers, demonstrations of yoga and martial arts
- Things you can buy: arts and crafts; healthy, organic versions of dishes such as papaya salad, lo mein, fried taro root, and curries
- Closing ceremony activities: a Tibetan Snow Lion dance, along with interfaith chanting and a ritual known as the Sand Mandala Destruction for Universal Peace