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    Meditation and Lighting The Lanterns


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ittipon072 of Thailand's Dhammakaya Foundation shared these photos and video from a Buddhist meditation and lantern-lighting ceremony at Phra Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani. 'It was as if you were standing in the middle of the sea but it is the golden sea of candlelight,' he said. 'The sky tonight was filled with the light lit by 100,000 people coming from all over Thailand who came to meditate and light up the bright flames to show the power of peace brought by meditation.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Today is another important Buddhist day. We are here to celebrate the Makha Puja Day.

    There were Buddhist Clergy of different region and sect, Buddhist Organizations, Councils of Ministers, and foeigners from all over the world who were interested and attended this cerermony.

    In the late afternoon, they were three hundred thousand people gathered together to meditate, not only to still and purify the minds, but to also spread love, peace, and kindness to everybody in the world.

    In the evening, all the laypeople gathered together once again to light more than hundred thousand lanterns. The night sky was filled and lit up with amazing and beautiful golden colors from the lanterns.

    March 7th 2012,
    at Dhammakaya Temple, Patumthani Province, Thailand.
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