Lighting of Peace on Vesak Day In Thailand

CNN PRODUCER NOTE Amy072, who was born and raised in California, recently graduated college and traveled to Thailand to learn about her parents’ background and the Thai culture. She and her cameraman shot this story on June 4 at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani. They previously reported on an Earth Day event at the same location. – dsashin, CNN iReport producer

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Vesak Day in Mongolia

CNN PRODUCER NOTE Onoohoi says in Mongolia people celebrate Vesak Day by lighting lanterns, which show respect to Buddha. Onoohoi says monks chant and bless everyone in the world and people who attend the event not only light lanterns, but pray for happiness and health. ‘I would like to share happiness with everyone no matter what their religion is so that we can take one step closer to world peace, and I wanted to share these images of our beautiful country,’ Onoohoi says. – Jareen, CNN iReport producer

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Vesak Day in Mongolia

CNN PRODUCER NOTE Onoohoi of Mongolia shares photos of Vesak, a Buddhist festival commemorating the birthday, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. Onoohoi says the celebration consists of storytelling, prayer and meditation. “After finishing meditation, they start to light the ground lanterns to pay homage to Lord Buddha. We give resolutions and then we start to float the lanterns to the sky.” The photos were captured at the National Stadium of Mongolia on June 4, 2012. – stein0726, CNN iReport producer

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Vesak Day Video in Mongolia

CNN PRODUCER NOTE Onoohoi of Mongolia shares this visually remarkable video of Vesak, a Buddhist festival commemorating the birthday, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. She says the celebration consists of storytelling, prayer and meditation. “I hope everyone will experience this happiness, just like how we did today.” The video was documented at the National Stadium of Mongolia on June 4, 2012. Visit Onoohoi’s iReport page to see photos of the celebration. – stein0726, CNN iReport producer

Over Thousands Gather to Meditate to “Clean the World, Clean our Minds” on Earth Day

CNN PRODUCER NOTE Amy072, of Pathum, Thailand, and her cameraman, Pok Hattapol, shot these pictures of thousands gathered at The Dhammakaya Foundation in honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. ‘Earth Day is a day for promoting environmental awareness,’ she says. ‘For Wat Phra Dhammakaya to organize an event on Earth Day for people and Buddhist monks from all over Thailand and other countries in the world to come together and meditate is something that can really make this world a better place.’ She says this event occurs every year on Earth Day at the foundation, however, the casting of the golden image of Phramongkolthepmuni does not. ‘Meditation is the key for purifying your mind, a purified mind will create inner peace and inner happiness, in turn it will eventually lead to outer peace to make this world a better place,’ she says. ‘I believe that we shouldn’t only focus on environmental awareness, but also focus on spiritual awareness.’ – ssesha, CNN iReport producer

Songkran’s Day (Thai New Year) in Thailand

CNN PRODUCER NOTE skynoi says one of the highlights of the Thai New Year is seeing the Songkran festival. During the festival, sand pagodas are created, and images of Buddha’s are hung from everywhere. Skynoi says the Songkran festival is related to water, and the people of Thailand believe that splashing water will bring rainfall and that water is a symbol of fertility and cleanses call bad things. – Jareen, CNN iReport producer

Alms Offering Ceremony to 22,600 monks in Thailand

CNN PRODUCER NOTE Amy072 shared these photos and video of tens of thousands of Buddhists massing in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, for an almsgiving ceremony to raise money for victims of last year’s flooding. ‘Everyone that came out that day was amazed at the beauty and at the kindness that was taking place,’ she said. ‘There were many foreigners who joined in this event as well. In short, the scene was magical.’ – jmsaba, CNN iReport producer