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How to survive in this toughest period of life?

Find the answer with a Buddhist Monk on the Candle-light ceremony on 3 February where you can learn and share online.

Invite your beloved ones to join in this magnificent event ever to discover the meaning of life.

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  • Metta Meditation (loving-kindness)
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  • Q&A, and more,

 

Metta Meditation
Karma Talk
Candle-light ceremony
Q&A and more...

Invite your beloved ones to join in this magnificent event ever to discover the meaning of life.

Follow a program of

  • Metta Meditation (loving-kindness)
  • Karma Talk
  • Candle-light ceremony
  • Q&A, and more,

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The Background

A procession of 1,250 Dhammayatra monks retracing the path significant to the life of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the re-discoverer of the Dhammakaya Knowledge.

A monk’s life is the most noble life. It is the exemplary life of one who knows the risks of the cycle of existence (Samsara) and acknowledges the pain that comes with the life of a lay person. A layperson’s life normally revolves around marital duties, making it difficult to devote time to doing good deeds aimed at attaining Nirvana.

Life as a monk, therefore, is the life of someone who refrains from worldly ways, so that he can free himself from worries and attachments. His actions, speech, and thought are dignified, serene, and polite. He focuses on the cultivation of his sila (moral discipline), samadhi (concentration) and panya (wisdom).

What is a Dhammayatra ?

When a person is ordained a Buddhist monk, he must be trained to cultivate discipline, respect and tolerance. Dhammayatra is one of the exercises for a newly ordained monk to train.

Dhammayatra derives from the words “Dhamma” and “Yatra.” “Dhamma” means goodness, while “Yatra” means progress or progress. Dhammayatra, therefore, means proceeding with Dhamma or leaving with Dhamma. This essentially refers to the procession of a large group of Buddhist monks walking to different parts of the world to spread virtues, as a way for the monks to conquer their defilements with the Buddha’s teachings (Dhamma). The 9th Dhammayatra Project will take place from 6-31 January 2021 and will involve 1,250 Buddhist monks. Throughout the Dhammayatra path, the lay public will have the chance to come and pay their respect, as well as line the path with flower petals, as a tribute to the Triple Gem. The sight of a procession of a large number of monks walking peacefully in unison will inspire those without faith to grow their faith and reinforce the faith of the faithful.

The act of paving the path with flowers by people of great faith in the Buddha also occurred during the time of the Buddha, as documented in the Tipitaka. One particular incident occurred at a time when Vaishali City was in a state of great calamity. People were seriously injured and the death toll was extraordinarily high. The Buddha was invited to visit Vaishali during that period. As He and the 500 monks left Rajgir, King Bimbisara prepared a route of about 80 kilometers with flags and banners, flowers of five different colors, parasols and other flowers. Even the residents came out to clean the path, decorate it with delicate garlands, and line it with ten colored flower petals to welcome the Buddha.

 

Why is the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni so important that the procession follows the path significant to his life?

Throughout this Dhammayatra Mission, not only will the monks have a chance to train themselves, but they will also have time to remember the immense kindness of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the rediscoverer of the Dhammakaya Meditation. The Great Teacher, full of virtues and skills, lived his virtuous life in the footsteps of the Buddha.

He regularly trained himself, taught Dhamma, and taught others to meditate in order to attain Dhammakaya. Eventually, both Thais and aliens, who followed his teachings, discovered for themselves the true aims of life and felt assured that Buddhism was the highest refuge.

 

The Dhammayatra Project includes seven locations significant to the life of the Great Master.

1. His Birthplace

At Lotus Land in Songpinong, Suphanburi province, is also the site where the Memorial Hall of Phramongkolthepmuni was constructed.

2.Place where he devoted his life for the lifelong ordination

At Khlong Bang Na Tan, Sampran district, Nakhon-Pathom province.

3.His place of ordination

At Wat Songpinong along the Songpinong waterway, in Tontan, Suphanburi.

4.Place where he attained the Dhammakaya

At Wat Bote-bon Bangkuvieng, along Bangkoknoi waterway in Nonthaburi.

5.Place where the Dhammakaya Meditation Technique was first propagated

At Wat Bang-pla in Banglen, Nakhon Pathom.

6.The Great Master’s home base for the Dhammakaya Meditation Technique

At Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen in Bangkok.

7.World Center for Dhammakaya propagation

(The location where the Great Master’s wish to propagate Buddhism and the Dhammakaya Meditation to the world) at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Khlong Luang, Pathumthani.

These important places along the Great Master’s journey are historical accounts of his pursuit of Perfections from childhood through adulthood to his later years. Every place is engraved with the golden statues of the Great Master cast by his faithful followers as a tribute to his immense compassion.

By retracing the path, future generations will have a chance to learn and appreciate the life of the Great Master and his invaluable teachings. When his teachings are learned and followed, marvelous things will happen in our society and country, and within ourselves.

What do the monks, lay people, and society gain from a Dhammayatra ?

The monks will have an opportunity to cultivate discipline, respect, perseverance, and flexibility in living together as a large group or community. The walking during the Dhammayatra is similar to that of walking meditation where one’s health is strengthened as certain physical ailments are alleviated. The monks develop detachment from material things including the body, comfort, and luxury. They also practice restraint of the senses to overcome temptations.
 

The lay people who come out to welcome the procession of monks will gain great merit because seeing monks is a blessing. Those who see the monks, respectfully receive them, and develop faith will gain immeasurable amount of merit.

In the 9 th Dhammayatra Project, local residents will have an opportunity to perform many wholesome activities together with the Dhammayatra monks.

  1. Clean and maintain community temples
  2. Listen to Dhamma talks
  3. Chant the morning and evening chant and the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
  4. Meditate
  5. Offer morning alms
  6. Offer Sangadana to 101 temples
  7. Sprinkle flower petals along the path to welcome the Dhammayatra monks
  8. Join lanterns lighting ceremonies in homage of the Triple Gem and the Great Master
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These are Buddhist cultural activities that will instill morality in the society and encourage unity within the community–the homes, temples, and schools. Faith in Buddhism will be strengthened among the youth and general public. Everyone will have a chance to learn about Buddhism and its culture, which fosters kindness, compassion, humility, and love. The love and support for Buddhism will help perpetuate these wholesome activities for future generations.

Therefore, the Dhammayatra Project is beneficial to everyone, starting with the Buddhist monks who are determined to practice meditation and cultivate themselves by purifying their bodies, speech, and minds in order to become exemplary role models for the lay public. The wholesome activities of these virtuous monks will inspire others to want to perform good deeds as well. This will spread to the entire country and eventually lead to world peace.

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