Mandalay – Myanmar –
The Buddhists of Thailand and Myanmar together offered massive & amazing alms offering (Maha Sangha Dana) to 30,000 International Buddhist Monks including Myanmar & Thailand Buddhist Monks at Chanmyathazi Old airport of Mandalay, Myanmar on December 08, 2019 morning. This grand alms offering ceremony organized by Dhammakaya Foundation in Thailand.
Thailand’s Dhammakaya Foundation, a non-government organization that aims to adapt traditional Buddhist values in modern society always. 30,000 Buddhist monks from Myanmar and Thailand and other countries attended and they meditated, prayed and collected alms in an event meant to tighten the relationship of Monks and Buddhists. The event was the third and largest alms offering event organized by Dhammakaya Foundation in Thailand. This year it also organized two large alms-giving events in Thailand in September and October attended by 10,000 monks to solicit donations for flood victims.
In Dānādhikāra (mahāyāna) sutra (the sutra that the Lord Buddha explain about offering), explain that offering to the triple Gem of Buddhism could receive the following five type of benefits: Good looking and solemn, with good strength, Longevity, Serenity and Happiness, Achieve all wisdom and obtain wonderful eloquence.
In the Yulanpen Sutra, also mentioned: If could offer the Sangha from all directions, with food, bedding, medicine. With merits of offering the Sangha from all directions. It would enable the parents, relatives of their past seven life of the offers, to be away from the three evil paths. The existence parents would be Longevity, without any sickness and worries, food and clothing are sufficient on it own, body and mind are peaceful and happy.
Angha is the worldly most worthy ultimate field of merits in offering. This purity offering could enable the offers mind could immediately stay away from defilements, without being enslaved, purified and could attach with the triple Gem of the Buddhism for every lifetime. The merits gain is limitless. Make up one’s mind to offer the Sangha, not only could establish good karma, reduce bad hindrance, enhance the mind with alms giving deeds, could repay the gratitude of parents every lifetime, could develop deep root of good deeds with supreme wisdom. Finally， could achieve the ten paramita and the necessary to the attainment of Buddhahood..
After visit to Mandalay, Myanmar
Official Photographs by Dhammakaya Foundation & Pongpan Ratithammakul (Zung D’voice)