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    Lighting of Peace on Vesak Day In Thailand


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Amy072, who was born and raised in California, recently graduated college and traveled to Thailand to learn about her parents' background and the Thai culture. She and her cameraman shot this story on June 4 at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani. They previously reported on an Earth Day event at the same location.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Vesak is a day that the United Nations call "International Day of
    Vesak" because this is a day that is important on the Buddhist
    calendar. Vesak Day can also be referred as the Lord Buddha Day, is a
    day to signify the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Lord

    Thailand, a country where Buddhism is a prominent location, holds
    Vesak ceremonies throughout the country. At Wat Phra Dhammakaya in
    Pathum Thani Province, Thailand, led by Most Venerable
    Phrathepyanmahamuni, many people from all over Thailand and also from
    different countries all around the world gathered together to
    meditate, light sacred Vesak candles, and to circumambulate around the
    main chapel of Wat Phra Dhammakaya to pay homage to the Lord Buddha.
    By doing this, people are showing gratitude towards Him and His

    In this generation, there are many conflicts and struggles taking
    place in the world. One thing that will bring peace is the Lord
    Buddha's teachings, because the Lord Buddha's teachings is a message
    of peace and unity.

    Even though there was some rain during the ceremony, the evening went
    well and there was even a spectacular firework show to end the

    What made me capture this video is the fact that it is impressive to
    see so many people coming to Wat Phra Dhammakaya to be a part of the
    Vesak Day ceremony to pay respect to the Lord Buddha.

    The Lord Buddha emphasized on meditation. This evening's ceremony
    started off with meditation so that people can create brightness
    internally by simply stilling the mind. Then, there was the lighting
    of the Vesak candles to create brightness externally. Together, the
    brightness that was created internally and externally is a start in
    creating brightness all around the world. This brightness will then
    lead creating peace, and then eventually change the world-- something
    that many of us has been waiting for.
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