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    Posted April 24, 2012 by
    Pathum Thani, Thailand
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    Over Thousands Gather to Meditate to "Clean the World, Clean our Minds" on Earth Day


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Amy072, of Pathum, Thailand, and her cameraman, Pok Hattapol, shot these pictures of thousands gathered at The Dhammakaya Foundation in honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. 'Earth Day is a day for promoting environmental awareness,' she says. 'For Wat Phra Dhammakaya to organize an event on Earth Day for people and Buddhist monks from all over Thailand and other countries in the world to come together and meditate is something that can really make this world a better place.' She says this event occurs every year on Earth Day at the foundation, however, the casting of the golden image of Phramongkolthepmuni does not. 'Meditation is the key for purifying your mind, a purified mind will create inner peace and inner happiness, in turn it will eventually lead to outer peace to make this world a better place,' she says. 'I believe that we shouldn't only focus on environmental awareness, but also focus on spiritual awareness.'
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    Earth Day is a day that has been observed internationally since the year 1970 for people to express and address their concerns about environmental issues and to create environmental awareness. By doing this, they believe that they can make this world a better place to live in. But, majority of those people might not know where the root cause of the environmental issues came from.

    The element that controls our thought process, actions, and speech is our mind. Therefore, to have the right thought, action, and speech, we have have a pure mind.

    Don't you think that having a pure mind can make this world a better place?

    Having a pure mind is necessary in order to have the right thoughts, actions, and speech. The best tool for purifying the mind is MEDITATION.

    Meditation is a technique that many people all around the world are starting to practice. Why? Because meditation allows our mind to enter a state of calmness. A calm and still mind is the desired state that enables us to develop and generate pure energy which can be used to purify the world.

    One of the most powerful and effective meditation method is the Dhammakaya Meditation. The purpose of this meditation technique is to attain inner peace and inner happiness by simply stilling the mind. This method of meditation was discovered by the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni. After discovering this, he was able to propagate it to many people, one of which is Phrathepyanmahamunee ( Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya) and also to thousands of people worldwide.

    In the evening, there was a ceremony of casting a gold image of the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni, out of pure gold, as a way to show respect and thank him for his teachings of the Dhammayaka Meditation (Vijja Dhammakaya) This meditation technique is important so that everyone around the world can learn how to purify their mind and eventually change the world.
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