Thursday, January 10, 2019

5th International Dhamma Walk from Jeṭhian to Rājgir and Saṇghadāna

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Deemed University), Nalanda in Collaboration with  the Light of the Buddha Dhamma Foundation International (LBDFI) organized 5th  Dhamma Walk from Jeṭhian to Rājgir on 13th December, 2018. Objective of the Dhamma Walk was to facilitate awareness generation towards the 15km Jeṭhian - Rājgir Buddha trail.  More than 2000 Venerable monks, nuns and laity from 15 countries participated in the Dhamma Walk.The 15km walk along the footsteps of the Buddha concluded at Veḷuvana, Rajgir. 

Community of Jethian offered Saṅghadāna (food-offering to ven. monks and nuns) to the participating monks, nun and laity. This was 4th Saṅghadāna offered by the community. More than 600 Venerable monks and nuns from India, Thailand, Srilanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan with their alms bowl in their hands walked in the streets of the Jeṭhian village and collected food. 

After the Saṅghadāna, the monks and nuns gathered for the inaugural session of the Dhamma Walk. As in previous years, this consisted of addresses from the various organizers and important dignitaries. Inaugural address was given by Prof. Baidyanath Labh, VC, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara). Ven. Lama Lobzang (President, IBC), and Dr. Ravindra Panth, former director, NNM also shared their views on the occasion. Ms. Wangmo Dixey (Executive Secretary, LBDFI) gave the thanking note.

More than 100 members of Angel Yoga Group, Nalanda under leadership of Shri Jai Singh participated in the Walk. The members of the Yoga group cleaned up litter off the Buddha Path trail.  

Ven. Monk and Nuns queued up for Saṇghadāna

village girls offering Saṇghadāna

Assembly of  the 5th Dhamma Walk

Important dignitaries on Dais
Villagers offering Khadda and welcoming the important guests

Vice Chancellor, NNM giving his inaugural address

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Participants Walking the Buddha Trail

Angel Yoga team engaged in cleaning up the trash

 Wife of Mukhiya Ji, Shri Sadhu Sharan ji expired on the same morning (13th December). Venerable Sangha offering prayers for the departed soul.


It only diration but speed said...

It was too long to speak to the officials before walking. The monks arrived at 9 am, but started walking at 2 pm ... As long as you run so inexperienced, I will not attend again.

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