See more news

Commission for mass mobilization leader receives religious deputies

Typical Buddhist groups, individuals praised for contributions to Buddhist culture in Quang Binh

PM receives standing members of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam

Buddhists praised for contribution in public security protection

Program honoring Mother Goddess worship, ancient village festivals held in Phu Tho

10/17/2019 05:18
53 Southeast Asian monks go on a pilgrimage to five countries, calling for peace and mutual-respect
Venerables from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar

53 Buddhist monks from the five countries in the Mekong River basin - Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - will go on an 18-day pilgrimage to call for peace and mutual respect.

The information was released at the opening ceremony of the "Cultural and religious exchange program in the five countries in the Mekong River basin” (Dhamma Yatra), held at the Prathatphangau pagoda in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand on October 15.

The trip by 53 Buddhist monks to the five countries - Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - will last from October 14 to 31.

This is the second time the program has been organized following the success of the first event in 2017. The religious activities held during the event aim to connect and enhance Buddhist cultural exchanges among the five Southeast Asian countries.

This religious event is known in Thailand as Dhamma Yatra. Dhamma means virtue, righteousness, social responsibility, order and the rule of the universe. Yatra means pilgrimage to the holy land. The Dhamma Yatra 2019 will include cross-border pilgrimages, Buddhist lectures at local temples, tree planting, praying, and others.

The Vietnamese delegation is led by Venerable Thích Thiện Tâm - Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha and includes monks from Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang and Hanoi.

At the opening ceremony, General Pairoj Panichsamai, representative of the Thai government, said that this is a great religious event for countries in the Mekong River basin as it shows the spirit of philanthropy from the heart, the consensus, perseverance with the work of promoting and protecting Buddhism, building the spirit of solidarity and attachment among the Buddhist monks and nuns of the five countries.

Dr. Supachai Verapuchong - President of Verapuchong Foundation (the co-organizer of the event along with the Bodhigaya Association and Bodhigayavijijalaya Academy) - said that this year’s event will start at the Prathatphangau pagoda of Thailand. After that it will move to Ratthanchan (Myanmar), Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam), Luang Prabang and Vienchan (Laos), Udonthani, Sakonnakhon, Nakhonphanom, Srisaket (Thailand), and close in Siemrat (Cambodia).

Commenting on the significance of the event to the Buddhist community, Venerable Thích Thiện Tâm said: “This event is the first step to help Buddhist monks from countries in the region know the importance of solidarity in Buddhism. It also help promote friendship, cooperation, and peace in the region in the spirit of the Buddha. Through the program, monks and Buddhist followers will share their experiences and knowledge about the harmonious coexistence in Buddhism, contributing to the solidarity, harmony of nations and the region as a whole. That is also the policy of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha.”

After the opening ceremony, the program will start today (October 16) with a pilgrimage of more than 500 monks from Mae Sai district (Thailand) across the border to the town of Tachileik (Myanmar). Activities within the program in Dien Bien, Vietnam will take place from October 19 to October 22.

Some pictures of the opening ceremony:

Vietnamese Venerable Thích Thiện Tâm (right) - Vice Chairman of Vietnam Buddhist Shangha participated in the program.

Thai monks

Representatives of the local authorities and organizations participated in the second Dhamma Yatra

General Pairoj Panichsamai - representative of the local government - speaks at the ceremony.

Dr. Supachai Verapuchong - President of Verapuchong Foundation (the co-organizer of the event along with the Bodhigaya Association and Bodhigayavijijalaya Academy)

Vietnamese monks take pictures with the monks from other countries in the region.

The procession

Thai girls perform a traditional dance

Representatives of ethnic minorities of Thailand

Local officials and organizers press the button to open the program

A Thai monk presents a souvenir to Vietnamese Venerable Thích Thiện Tâm

The Bodhi tree planting ceremony

Source: vietnamnet.vn

53 Southeast Asian monks go on a pilgrimage to five countries, calling for peace and mutual-respectThe information was released at the opening ceremony of the "Cultural and religious exchange program in the five countries in the Mekong River basin” (Dhamma Yatra), held at the Prathatphangau pagoda in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand on
Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Buzz        Back   Send   Print   Top of page
More news
Pagoda with Asian – European architectural design in Tien Giang -08/26/2019 05:04
Obon: The Japanese Festival of the Dead In Memory Of Those That Came Before -08/16/2019 02:39
Images of cultural festival & ritual celebrating new corn of Lo Lo ethnic people 2019 -07/26/2019 04:43
Famous pagoda without roof in Ho Chi Minh City -07/12/2019 07:09
Lam Kinh, a historical site of legends -06/17/2019 05:50
Unique architect of famous Buddhist pagodas in Laos -06/06/2019 05:04
Performing rituals of Whale worshipping ceremony in Nha Trang -05/14/2019 05:44
UN Day of Vesak 2019 before opening -05/12/2019 05:06
Buddhists nationwide celebrate Buddha's Birthday & welcome UN Day of Vesak 2019 -05/09/2019 05:23
Thousands in attendance as crowds flock to Trang An festival 2019 -04/23/2019 05:32
Address: Yen Hoa Ward - Cau Giay District, Ha Noi - Viet Nam
Telephone: +84243 8 248 763. Fax: 08041313
Email: ttttbantongiao@chinhphu.vn