About 1,127 Dhammachai Tudongha monks from all over Thailand had started this ritual which is considered to be one of monastic disciplines. After 3 months of Buddhist Lent period, the monks received Kathina and it is one of their disciplines to go on Tudongha to seek isolated places to practice meditation.
Dhammachai Tudongha had been arranged from Jan 2 - Jan 25, 2012. A group of 1,127 monks started on Tudongha from province to province, not walking in the forest. They will walk through the total of 6 provinces, 365 km long, affected by the flood. These provinces are Bangkok, Pathumthani, Nonthaburi, Suphanburi, Phra Nakorn Sri-ayudhaya and Nakorn Pathom.
There are 3 purposes of this activity:
1. The monks will practice self-discipline.
2. The monks will walk along the path of Luang Pu Sod, Phra Monkolthepmuni, Wat Paknam, Pasi-jaroen, who re-discovered Vijja Dhammakaya. They will visit the important places linked to Him, for example, Song Pi-Nong Temple, Suphanburi Province where He ordained as a monk, Boad Temple, Bangkuvieng District, Nonthaburi Province where He attained Dhammakaya, Paknam Pasi-jaroen Temple, Bangkok, where He propagated Vijja Dhammakaya.
3. To recuperate and revive the mind of people who were affected by the flood. Therefore, the monks will walk through these 6 provinces to inspire and give will-power back to the flood victims who are depressed and feel hopeless about their lives. Once they see a long row of 1,127 Tudongha monks walking peacefully along a distance of a few kilometers, they will regain their strength and blissful mind in order to fight any future hardship that may occur.
While the monks are doing their Tudongha walk, they will meditate, spread loving kindness and make a wish for the flood-affected provinces not to suffer at all or in another words, they will not have to face this dilemma again. The monks also make a wish for Thailand to be peaceful and filled with happiness.
Most importantly, we have heard from the local people who sat along the Tudongha path with their palms together in a lotus position to welcome the monks, that everyone was so happy, blissful and contented. Many of them even had happy tears rolling down their cheeks. Some people are over 70 and 80 years of age and they said that this was the first time in their lives that they had witnessed a group of over 1,000 Tudongha monks walking past them. They were in tears but they had regained their will-power to live.
We cordially invite everyone to accumulate this merit and good experience in life to follow, assist and welcome these Tudongha monks from today until Jan 24. The contact phone number for Tudongha path is (+66) 02-831-1000.
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