The Morning Alms Round to 2,000,000 Monks Nationwide
Finally, Thai people got the big merit from completely offering the Morning Alms Round to 1,000,000 Monks in March 2012. It was such a great merit for Thai especially residents of Bangkok because this project was closed by arranging the last six places in the heart of Bangkok. It is also counted to be the celebration because the total of receiving monks was at least 1,000,000.
Because of this success, the Most Ven. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Dhammajayo Bhikkhu) expands this project to offer to 2,000,000 monks nationwide until reaching the objectives which are to restore the world morality, to keep Buddhism, to strengthen the Buddhist Cultures, to summon Four Buddhist Communities to encourage and help the monks in 286 temples and the disaster victims all around the world.
History of the Morning Alms Round to 2,000,000 Monks Nationwide
The Morning Alms Round to 1,000,000 Monks Nationwide was determined by the Most Ven. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Dhammajayo Bhikkhu), the abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, because of the unrest events in four Southern provinces in Thailand in 2004. At that time, the Single Mind Federation and over 150 associations, clubs, and Buddhist organizations arranged the Morning Alms Round to 72 monks at Talaad Thai in Pathum Thani province on May 19th, 2004 and it was supported by the Most Ven. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Dhammajayo Bhikkhu), the abbot of Dhammakaya Temple and the president of Dhammakaya Foundation. Some dried food and money were delivered to help the monks and people in the Southern provinces by Airplane C130 of Royal Thai Air Force.
In 2008, the Most Ven. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Dhammajayo Bhikkhu) considered and established the Morning Alms Round to 500,000 Monks Nationwide Project for four Buddhist Communities to help the monks and Thai Buddhists in the South. This project was held first in Lampang province on February 10th, 2008 and did it continuously until completely arranging in all 77 provinces. Rice, dried food and money from this project were offered to monks, novices, soldiers, police, teachers, and residents in four borderline Southern provinces every month.
In 2010, this project was expanded to be the Morning Alms Round to 1,000,000 Monks Nationwide. This first Morning Alms Round was held on July 25th, 2010 at Phrabuddhabat temple in Phrabuddhabat district, Saraburi province.
When this project achieved, the Most Ven. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Dhammajayo Bhikkhu) expanded it to offer to 1,000,000 monks and in this year, 2012, he expands it again to offer to 2,000,000 monks.
Four years with the great merit of the Morning Alms Round to 1,000,000 Monks Nationwide, this project brought a lot of merit to Buddhists and happiness to their heart every time they recall. These nice things have inspired the new generations to do good deeds sustainably.
Principle and reasons
The Morning Alms Round to monks and novices is a noble culture from the Buddha Time. It is regard as the power giving to the monastic receivers who are the fertilized merit fields. It is also a nice tradition of Thai ancestor and a smart way to keep Buddhism, the religion of causes and effects, which is able to bring the real peace to the world.
1. To worship the Lord Buddha and celebrate the 2,600th Anniversary of the Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha
2. To relieve people’s mind and make a big merit to our land
3. To help the monks in 286 temples and four Buddhist Communities in four borderline Southern provinces and help the disaster victims all over the country
4. To keep Buddhism, strengthen the Buddhist cultures, and carry on this noble culture, the Morning Alms Round, and make it thrive.
5. To support the family institute by encouraging father, mother and children to make a big merit together. To cultivate the morality to youths and people.
Schedule of the Morning Alms Round to 2,000,000 Monks Nationwide 2012
August 25th, 2012 The Morning Alms Round to 1,260 Monks at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok. For more information, please call 081-398-5130.
August 26th, 2012 The Morning Alms Round to 10,000 Monks on Nipat Uthid 3 Road, Hat Yai district, Songkhla province. For more information, please call 087-591-3335.
Translated by Chadawee Chaipooripat