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Get to Know Thudong, the Thousand Kilo Strolling Ritual of the Monks

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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A while in the past, plenty of movies went viral exhibiting a gaggle of monks strolling throughout the Pantura route in Cikarang, West Java, Friday (13/5/2023). Now, the monks are reported to have arrived on the Pantura route in Subang, West Java.

The group consists of 32 monks from numerous international locations who perform the Thudong ritual, aka strolling from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, to Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java.

In keeping with the official web site of the Director Common of Buddhist Steerage on the Ministry of Faith (Kemenag RI), the monks began their journey from Thursday (23/3/2023) from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, passing by Malaysia and Singapore to reach at Borobudur Temple on Sunday (4/6 /2023) is coming.

Photograph: Buddhist monks pray at Borobudur Temple throughout Vesak Day in Magelang, Central Java, Sunday (29/6/2022). (Photograph by AGUNG SUPRIYANTO / AFP)

So, what’s Thudong’s journey?

Thudong is a non secular journey undertaken by bhantes or monks on foot for hundreds of kilometers. This spiritual journey was undertaken to comply with within the footsteps of the Buddha throughout his lifetime when there have been no monasteries, shelters and transportation.

Thudong is carried out by strolling into the forest whereas considering. Earlier than touring, the monks should keep in a single place and quick for 4 months through the wet season. When it’s coming into the dry season or spring, new Thudong is carried out.

“So in a 12 months they’ll stroll like this for 4 months to hold out this custom. By the way as a result of in Indonesia there’s the Borobudur Temple, it coincides with Vesak Day they usually stroll from Thailand,” defined Bhante Dhammavuddho, quoted from the official web site of the Directorate Common of Buddhist Group Steerage of the Ministry of Faith, Monday (15/5/2023).

Via this journey, Bhante hopes that the monks can apply persistence. As a result of, the Buddha taught that persistence is the very best dhamma apply. For info, dhamma is a noble educating that comprises ethical and philosophical tips that lead us to happiness.

“They’re uncovered to warmth, rain, eat as soon as a day, and drink carefully,” stated Bhante.

The monks are stated to proceed to meditate all through their journey and relaxation. On their means, the monks will go to locations of worship of assorted religions, corresponding to monasteries, temples, and Islamic boarding faculties as resting locations.

In keeping with Google Maps data, the space from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Borobudur Temple is round 2,797 km.

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