the 11th Dhammayatra Project is on January 3, 2023, in which 1,139 Dhammayatra monks join the Dhammayatra procession, begins this year of 2023 from January 2nd to January 31st .
On January 3, 2023, Today will be the second Dhammayatra Procession in honor of Luang Pu, Phra Mongkolthepmuni at Lotus Land, Suphanburi, Home of the Memorial Hall of Phra Mongkolthepmuni. It is the second Dhammayatra walk to pay homage to the birthplace of the Great Master, the Most Venerable Phra Mongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro).
In which the birthplace of the Great Master, the Most Venerable Phra Mongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), He was born Sodh Meekaewnoi on Friday, 10th October 2427 B.E. (1884) in the village of Song Pi Nong District in Suphanburi Province, on a land uniquely resembling two lotus buds—thus the name ‘Lotus Land’, as it is known. Lotus Land is approximately eight acres in size, surrounded by water. It sits opposite of Wat Songpinong where Luangpu began his elementary education at the age of nine. The Memorial Hall was built on this land. It has the feature of an octagonal mountain of gold and contains the chronicles of Luangpu’s pursuit of Perfections from youth until the final periods of his life. A solid gold statue of Luangpu is enshrined inside at the center of the Memorial Hall where laypeople can come to pay respect and be inspired by his remarkable virtues.
Throughout this Dhammayatra Project, not only will the monks have a chance to train themselves, they will also have time to recollect the immense compassion of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the re-discoverer of the Dhammakaya Meditation. The Great Master, overflowing with virtues and abilities, led his virtuous life in the footsteps of the Buddha. He continuously trained himself, gave Dhamma lessons, and taught people to meditate in order to attain Dhammakaya. Eventually, both Thais and foreigners who followed his teachings discovered for themselves the true goals of life and felt confident that Buddhism was the highest refuge.
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.
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