Buddhist bi-national march for peace during the Visakha Bochea
Sa Kheo, Tailandia – Banteay Meanchey, Camboya. Promoted by the intellectual Buddhist Thai leader Sulak Sivaraksa, a group of monks of the Thai province of Sa Kheo and the Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey, did a march for peace among the two countries in the Dhamma Yatra pilgrimage. The activity was framed inside the celebrations of the Visak Bochea that remembers the birth, enlightening and passing away of Buddha that, according to the tradition, occurred miraculously during the same month and date. The Thai group left from the Mai Sai pagoda in the Aranyaprathet district and their Cambodian colleagues from the O’Chrov pagoda district. They met at the international Thai-Khmer Friendship bridge. The activities were made by prayers and lighting of candles for peace and they will continue until tomorrow Wednesday at the Mai Sai pagoda. Cambodia and Thailand are among the most Buddhist countries of the planet and they shared the same school of Theravada Buddhism. The Joint Dhamma Yatra is a bi-national effort to promote peace and friendship among both countries.