Friday, Septemeber 6:
      Opening Ceremony at 6 - 8 pm,
      Doors open at 5:15 pm for seating.
Saturday, September 7:
      Viewing 10 am - 7 pm.
      Pet Blessing: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday, September 8:
      Viewing 10 am - 5 pm.
      Children's Blessing: 11am-12pm.

Opening Ceremony

If you plan on attending the Opening Ceremony, please plan on arriving and being seated in the first floor lobby before 6 pm.
Our emcee for the ceremony is to be announced soon. In addition to the processional and presentation of the relics we will feature inspirational speakers for the Ceremony. Currently two speakers are on the schedule.

Desmond D. Green
is the author of The Practice and Founder of the Reverence for Life Foundation and Reverence for Life University, The Moods Channel and other projects including The World Family Festival and the Global Breath Consciousness Institute. To learn more about Desmond you can see a listing of some of his books, and a bio here

Steve Lamer, MD
is a Genesis Hospital Trauma physician and co-host of the Buddha Relics in Cedar Rapids in 2011.

Other speakers are in the process of being confirmed. Once we have the speakers set we will be posting more information. 

Pet Blessing
Blessed Dog Blessed Turtle Animals are very important in Buddhism. Bring your cat, dog, hampster, lizard or other pet to receive a blessing from the relics. Pet blessings will take place outside of the Figge Museum.

Children's Blessing

Blessed Child Blessed Infant
Children and families are welcome to attend the exhibition at anytime during the weekend. During the Children's blessing, Children will be "fast tracked" through the blessing line.


In additions to the relics, there are many interactive stations in the exhibition.

Music Offering

Music Offering

Bathe Buddha

Bath Offering to the baby Buddha


Meditation Area

Spin Prayer Wheel

Spin the Prayer Wheel

Reading Sutra of the Golden Light

Reading the Sutra of the Golden Light

Writing Sanghata Sutra

Offering Gold to the Sanghata Sutra (writing in gold ink on the Sutra)