1,127 Buddhism Tudongha Monks in Thailand

These eye-opening pictures have been happening for 12 consecutive days in Thailand. The starting date was on Jan 2, 2012 and it has been going on until today, Jan 13.  It will continue on until Jan 25, 2012 which is the last day of this special activity. Normally, Tudongha in Buddhism involves the discipline of detaching from materials as they are in order to free the mind from defilements.

Although the monks are walking from province to province instead of walking in the forest, they still have to practice their mind. This is the first time in history of Buddhism that 1,127 Theravada monks are doing Tudongha in unison for the distance of 365 km.  It will take them 24 days to walk on the path strewn with rose petals and with local people waiting along the path saying “Sadhu” to express their joy in seeing the monks doing this Tudongha on the entire route. What inspires a large number of people to carry out this activity continuously for a long time in strong heat of the afternoon sun?  These people never give up their intention even though they have to wait on the rugged roads and lack various means of comfort. They never neglect their participation even for a short time.

This is because of the peaceful temperament of the monks who have practiced their mind very well.  This enables the Buddhists to touch the real core of Buddhism by watching the monks doing their Tudongha. The monks and the people intend to walk the various routes that cover 6 provinces in order to pay homage to the 6 significant places that their Great Master used to stay.

As of today, the 1,127 Tudongha monks have walked through 2 places which are in Song Pi-Nong District, Suphanburi Province. These places are: 1. Phra Mongkolthepmuni Memorial which is the place where The Great Master was born, and 2. Song Pi-Nong Temple where The Great Master ordained.Today, all 1,127 Tudongha monks are coming to the third important place which is Boadbon Temple, Bangkuvieng, Nonthaburi Province where The Great Master attained Dhammakaya.

The monks have walked 150 km. already and they have to walk the remaining of 215 km. in 12 more days and that will be the end of this Tudongha.  We can say that this had never happened before in history.  What will happen next?  Let us continue in the next episode. For more information  www.dmc.tv.

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Exciting New Innovative Fund-Raising Vehicle – Shuttlerock Takes Off

A new era in fundraising for causes and charities began today with the launch of Shuttlerock.

Shuttlerock is a creative fundraising powerhouse working with causes to raise funds and awareness by harnessing the power of social media.

The story of Shuttlerock began in the South Island of New Zealand in February 2011.

In the days of confusion and sorrow following the second Christchurch earthquake, people mourned for their friends and family and their lost city. But in all the grief and shock amazing things began to happen. People started to tell tales of resilience and rebirth amid the rubble; stories of ordinary people moved by the devastation around them to do extraordinary things to help others.

Jonny Hendriksen is one of these people. He decided the time had come for him to change his focus, make a positive difference to other peoples’ lives and support projects he believes in. It was time to stand for something.

Jonny is a successful business man and entrepreneur and knows the power of social media to mobilize people behind a cause.

He thought, “How could we establish a company that will harness the power of social media networks to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives?” The two fundamental goals of most causes are raising awareness and raising funds. Jonny gathered together a team of successful business people, fundraisers and social media experts. For weeks they brainstormed ideas and Shuttlerock was born.

They formulated the Shuttlerock three step recipe for fundraising success.

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Jonny says, “Shuttlerock’s goal is to work with groups, charities, communities, bands, public figures and businesses worldwide, who want to raise awareness and money for their causes. We aim to take the pain out of fundraising and allow them to concentrate their energies on their cause. And we aim to make it as easy as possible for them to work with us. One phone call should be all it takes”

Shuttlerock likes to produce their high quality merchandise locally wherever the shirts are ordered globally. They already produce products in New Zealand, the United States and are just about to open a print facility in Japan. This gives people purchasing products peace of mind that the great T-shirt they are buying won’t just look cool, but will last and feel great as well.

Shuttlerock works globally with a wide range of organisations. They are currently running campaigns with the Swiss charity Humanium, helping children in India and the charity Born Free USA, whose goal is to keep animals free from captivity.

To find out how Shuttlerock can help your cause visit www.shuttlerock.com.

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