Buddhist monks near end of peace march from Florida to New York

- through Henry Oudin

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A group of Buddhist monks, led by Phra Sutham Nateetong, 62, who embarked on a pilgrimage on foot across part of the United States to promote peace, are now nearing the end of their journey. The pilgrimage, which began in Key West, Florida, on March 31, will cover more than 3 kilometers and is scheduled to end in Niagara Falls, New York, on June 500. The monks march to spread a message of non-violence and harmony across the country.

The monks began their march from the southernmost point of the United States, in Key West, and have covered some 2 miles of their journey so far.

Phra Sutham Nateetong, a well-known Buddhist figure, led numerous peace marches, some in the United States and others in India, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Phra Sutham's first trek across the United States took place in 2019. The monks plan to hike approximately 32 miles each day, stopping at various towns along the route to engage with local communities.

The central theme of this pilgrimage is peace. “I want everyone to be able to make peace together,” Phra Sutham said. (29 short stories)

“(We) are trying to show the world that we continue to walk in peace. We are not fighting,” added Phra Suthim Chuaypradit, one of the pilgrims. “If everyone helps each other, I think we can achieve this.” » (Eagle Butler)

Along the way, the monks will meet with local leaders, community members and other religious groups to discuss the importance of peace and non-violence.

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Their journey is reminiscent of the traditional Buddhist pilgrimages that monks have undertaken for centuries, seen as acts of devotion and opportunities to spread Buddhist teaching. The practice of walking long distances to promote peace has historical roots in many cultures and religions, making this journey a continuation of a long-standing tradition.

Throughout their journey, the monks stopped in various cities, including Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. In Washington, DC, the group was welcomed by Chuliepote Isarankura Na Ayudhaya, Acting Chargé d'affaires at the Royal Thai Embassy. The embassy took the opportunity to join others in offering alms to the monks.

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In each location, monks participate in community events, meditation sessions and peace discussions. These interactions aim to foster a sense of unity and common purpose among diverse groups of people throughout their journey.

Last week in Maryland, a local resident spotted them from her backyard. “I just noticed they were having a nice picnic on the property,” Lucinda Stouffer said. " The good thing is. » (Yahoo! News)

The trip garnered support from various organizations and individuals. Local Buddhist temples and peace organizations provided logistical support, food and accommodation for the monks. Buddhist devotees and non-Buddhist citizens also offered their support at different stops.

Buddhist monk Phra Pratago Camron said, “I love everything about the United States: the road, everyone, nature. Everyone is well. (Yahoo! News)

However, the journey was not without its challenges, as the monks had to deal with physical exertion, weather conditions and logistical obstacles. Despite these challenges, they remain committed to their cause.

The monks plan to reach Niagara Falls by the end of the month. A large gathering is expected to welcome them, including representatives of various religious and peace organizations. The final leg of the journey will include a peace ceremony and a public speech by Phra Sutham.

The Key West pilgrimage to Niagara Falls of Phra Sutham and his fellow monks demonstrates their commitment to peace and nonviolence. Throughout their long and arduous journey, they aim to inspire others to embrace peace and understanding.

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Buddhist monks travel through Butler County on their way to world peace (Butler Eagle)
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CDA ai Chuliepote welcomes group of monks marching from Florida to campaign for world peace (Royal Thai Embassy, ​​Washington, DC)

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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