05-12-2017 11:30 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Fourth Buddha walk will commence on December 13th
The path traversed by Lord Buddha thousands of years ago will come to life again as at least a thousand monks, nuns and several hundred Buddhists from 15 countries are expected to participate in the fourth International Dhamma Walk, popularly known as 'Buddha Walk' to be held on December 13.
Buddha’s followers can again walk on the actual path trodden by the Lord in the sixth century BC in the 15-km walk that will commence from Jethian Rajgir valley in Nalanda district,100km southeast of Patna.
The walk is jointly organized by the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International, the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee and the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC).
According to the Buddhist texts, around 2500 years ago, Buddha had walked along this path on his maiden visit to Rajgriha (present-day Rajgir) after his enlightenment under a tree at Bodh Gaya on an invitation from the then Magadha king Bimbisar.
The Buddha Walk was first organized in 2014 by several other Buddhist organizations with the intent to revive the rich history of Jethian-Rajgir valley. Before the walk, villagers from Jethian will distribute food to monks who will be walking with alms bowl in their hand in observance of Sanghadana, an ancient tradition that involves Lord Buddha who while staying in the village would visit homes to collect food.