Program of Events in Thailand, December 2021
A team of the Lumbini Garden Foundation is traveling on this month of December 2021 to Thailand in order to sign different collaboration agreements with three of the most important temples in the country. They are all interested in participating in the Great Buddha project of Cáceres. During this travel, the team will also maintain conversations with different Thai official institutions. This travel will also serve as preparatory for the future ceremonies which will be held in Thailand in support of the recognition of Cáceres as sacred Buddhist land.
The temples are:
The Wat Chin Pracha Samosorn Temple, originally named “Leng Hok Yi”, is an old Chinese temple in Chachoengsao Province. It is a Mahayana Buddhist monastery extended from Wat Leng Noei Yi in Bangkok, built during the reign of King Rama 5 in 1906. The value of traditional Chinese art inside the temple has shown many interesting particulars like 4 large Thao Jatulokaban images made of paper at the entrance. There are 3 presiding Buddha images and the 18 Arhat images made of paper from China.
The Wat Nak Prok Temple is one of the most distinctive temples in Thailand. The temple was presumably built in the year 1748 during late Ayutthaya period. The temple is named Wat Nak Prok after Luang Pho Nak Prok, the most sacred Buddha image made of bronze in Naga Prok attitude (under the shelter of seven-headed Nāga) made of mortar housed inside vihāra. Wat Nak Prok was registered to a national ancient monument by the Fine Arts Department in the year 1977.
The Wat Phra That Phanom is a temple in the That Phanom District in the southern part of Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand. It is one of the most important temples of the Theravāda tradition in the region. Each year, the temple attracts thousands of people who make pilgrimages to honor the shrine. The temple contains several paintings illustrating traditional Thai proverbs. It was originally built in the 16th century by the Laotian king, Photisarath of Lan Xang.
Welcome to the Mahā Karunā Buddha statue in Bhutan
On November the 11th, the welcoming ceremony for the white jade Mahā Karunā Buddha statue that the Lumbini Garden Foundation has gifted to the Bhutan Sangha through the Bhutan Nuns Foundation took place in Thimphu, Bhutan. The statue arrived in the country a few weeks ago from Myanmar where it was carved, and until its final location, a beautiful temple was erected for this ceremony.
The event was organized by said Foundation, which had the honor of having the presence of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Druk Gyaltsuen, Jetsun Pema, accompanied by the Queen Mother. The ceremony was led by Je-Khenpo Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan, who was accompanied by a large group of monks and nuns from the Himalayan country.
On this occasion, the limitations imposed by the covid pandemic have prevented the members of the Lumbini Garden Foundation from attending this welcoming ceremony. However, it is expected that the situation will change soon and an even more significant ceremony can be attended in 2022 in support of the consecration of the Cáceres Buddhist Center promoted by the Foundation as a Buddhist sacred land.
Reception in Bhutan of the statue of the Mahā Karunā Buddha
Next Thursday, November 11, the reception ceremony of the white jade statue of the Mahā Karunā Buddha that the Lumbini Garden Foundation has donated to the Bhutan Nuns Foundation will be held at the headquarters of that institution in gratitude for its support in the recognition of the Lumbini Garden Center of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.
The statue arrived in the country after a long journey from the mines of Myanmar where it was carved by expert monks dedicated to Buddhist imagery. Later, it was blessed by the most important monks in the country.
The ceremony in Bhutan will be presided over by Her Majesty, the Queen Mother, Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuck, accompanied by members of the Royal Family. In it, prayers for the good future of the Lumbini Garden project will be held by Je-Khenpo (head of the Sangha of Bhutan) accompanied by nuns from the Bhutan Nuns Foundation.
The complete program is as follows:
• 09:00: Arrival of the invited guests.
• 09:15: Arrival of Her Majesty, the Queen Mother, Tshering Yangdoen
Wangchuck and their Royal families.
• 09:30: Arrival of the Chief guest (Je-Khenpo).
• 09:40: Marchang Ceremony to apprise the local deities.
• 09:45: Offering of Suja/Desi to the guests.
• 10:00: Opening of the Jade Buddha Statue with prayers by Je-Khenpo (head of Bhutan Sangha) and nuns of Bhutan Nuns Foundation.
– Cleansing ceremony of the Buddha
– Inaugural ceremony of the Buddha
– Offering of the Khadar and receiving the blessing
• 10:45: Hi-tea.
• 11:15: Departure of the chief guest.
Inauguration of the white jade statue Mahā Karunā Buddha at Lumbini International Airport
On October 31, at the new Lumbini International Airport, Nepal, the white jade statue of the Mahā Karunā Buddha was inaugurated, which the Lumbini Garden Foundation has given as a present to the government of Nepal for its collaboration and support to the Great Buddha project and the creation of the Buddhist Center in Cáceres.
It was a memorable event presided over by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and in which the acting Prime Minister and the President of the National Assembly participated, as well as the president of the Lumbini Garden Foundation itself and a political delegation from Extremadura, Spain. After the chantings of blessing by a large representation of the Sangha of monks present in Nepal, all of them took the floor in speeches in which the importance of this cooperation based on friendship and mutual trust was highlighted, as well as the long journey that this relationship will have that goes beyond the construction of the Buddhist center.
After the speeches, the attendees accompanied the President of the Republic to the place where the statue was located to carry out the symbolic inauguration ceremony. The white jade statue, which has been blessed by Myanmar’s most important monks, had been decorated with flowers as an offering by a group of Thai monks and, from now on, will be on display to the public as a must-see in Lumbini International Airport, the most visited Buddhist pilgrimage site in the country.
Hong Kong receives the white jade Mahā Karunā Buddha
Tung Lung Nie Fa Tong welcomes the white jade sculpture of Mahā Karunā Buddha.
The monastery organizes a ceremony to pay homage to the Buddha and in recognition of the project.
In the nearest future, Lumbini Garden Foundation members will visit Hong Kong in order to participate in a ceremony in support of the Great Buddha Project in Cáceres.
Nepal Event Program 2021
Nepal is preparing to receive the white jade statue from Myanmar and is organizing institutional acts and events to receive the Extremadura delegation within the travel program called“ Cáceres Tierra Sagrada ”.
This white jade statue is one of the 16 that will be distributed throughout Asia in Buddhist countries that are joining to the Lumbini Garden Project that Foundation intends to build in Cáceres.
Among the events scheduled in Nepal we highlight:
1. The statue’s welcoming ceremony to Nepal and its final location at Lumbini International Airport.
2. The signing of the transfer of relics from the Tilaurakot palace of the Lumbini Garden Foundation.
3. Blessing ceremonies and prayers at Mayadevi and Boudanath temples.
The events will be chaired by the President of Nepal (October 31), the President of the High Chamber of Nepal, as well as by the President of the Regional Assembly of Extremadura, the Councilor for Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Extremadura, the President of the Diputacion de Cáceres, the mayor of Cáceres and the mayors of the holy cities of Lumbini, Ramgram, Kapilavastu and Devdaha. ”