Monday, November 14, 2011

2nd Sariputta World Peace Walk- 2011, Giriyak Hill, Rajgir

The Bhikku Sangha, students of  Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, students of the Nalanda Heritage School, dignitaries from the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, the District Administration Nalanda and the local community of Giriyak made the 2nd "Sariputta World Peace Walk" a memorable event. The Walk started at 1.30 p.m. at the base of Giriyak Hill where the Bhikkhu Sangha and dignitaries were recieved by the local community for the commencement of the walk. 
The walk was led by the students of the Nalanda Heritage School carrying placards, followed by the Bhikkhu Sangha with Dhamma flags.

Important Guests
1- Ven. Okonogi, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
2- Ven. Phramaha Phan Thaekrathoke, Wat Thai Nalanda
3- Ven. Phra Vithun Putāni, Thailand
4- Shri Nanzej Dorjee, IAS, Member Secretary, BTMC
5- Ms. Seema Tripathi, IAS, SDM, Rajgir
6- Richard Dixey
7- Dr. Radhakrishna Mishra, Member, BTMC
8- Dr. Arvind Kumar Singh, Member BTMC

Shri Sanjay Agarwal, the District Magistrate of  Nalanda presented the welcome note and addressed the audience thanking them for their presence.
Dr. R. Panth, V. C, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda ended the event with a thankful note for all those present and for those who made this event a success. He wished for continued collaboration in preserving the heritage.

Click link below for more information about the start of this organized event last year
 1st Sariputta World Peace Walk- 2010

The event this year was well received by the community and the participating organizations and has already become a tradition of sorts that the locals wish to continue. Here are some glimpses of the event through the lens...

1- Participants collecting at the base of Giriyak Hill for beginning of the Peace Walk

School children with placards

2- The one kilometre Peace Walk was led by Students and the Bhikkhu Sangha.

Ven Okonogi Ji ....Drumming the Peace Drum....Disseminating the Peace Vibration into the Cosmos..

The Bhikkhu Sangha with the Dhamma flags
3- The Peace Walk procession reached the main venue for the dignitaries and the community to pay tribute to Ven. Sariputta.

Important dignitaries on the dais
Monks chanting the Suttas ...paying rich tribute to the Magadhaputra Ven.Sariputta
District Magistrate, Shri Sanjay Aggarwal, making the Welcome Note
Richard Dixey
Shri Raj Kumar Singh Ji from the Village Chandi Mau
Ven. Phramaha Phan Thaekrathoke, Wat Thai Nalanda

Nanzey Dorgee, Member Secretary, Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee
Dr. Ravindra Panth, Director, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara

Ven. Okonogi, Vishwa Shanti Stupa

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