Magha Puja is considered to be one of the most important Buddhist holy days, as it marks the occasion of our Lord Buddha transmitting the Ovada-pattimokkha sermon to his enlightened disciples. Meritorious events are set to begin at 06.00 with the alms-round offering to over 2,000 monks in the Maha Dhammakaya Cetiya.
The grand prize of the Noble Peace Award, established by the World Buddhist Sangha Youth to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment, is presented only to one individual out of 39 international nominees who have dedicated themselves towards to the progress of Buddhism and the development of peace in the world. The honorific plaque from the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology (APAA) is presented to Most Venerable Phrathepyanmahamuni in recognition of his collaborative effort with APAA to successfully submit a petition to UNESCO to protest against the copper mining at Mess Aynak, where a precious 2,000-year-old Buddhist site was discovered. Each Buddha image on the Cetiya in a cross-legged position is an embodiment of purity, wisdom and enlightenment.
The architects and engineers of the Dhammakaya Cetiya project did extensive research on construction materials for the Cetiya.
The parts that hold the 300,000 personal Buddha images on the hemispherical dome and its terraces of the Dhammakaya Cetiya are called cladding.
The size of the individual personal Buddha image is 15 by 15 centimeters, widening to a base of 18 centimeters. After the Dhammakaya Cetiya has been completed, it will continue throughout history to be a place where new generations will learn that there once was a group of people who treasured world peace through inner peace by establishing the wonderful Dhammakaya Cetiya for mankind. This sermon is regarded as the central teachings and heart of Buddhism, and was conveyed in order to establish a collective direction for the Sangha community to all follow in harmony. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luang Por Dhammajayo) will initiate the circumambulation and candle lighting ceremony of over 100,000 candles, with a mind in veneration of the Lord Buddha.
Built entirely on international public contributions, it is also the embodiment of unity and love for mankind. Therefore, we need a place to facilitate people in their search for spiritual fulfillment and the kind of happiness that is independent of material things and circumstances. This is because the Lord Buddha had become enlightened through meditation, which purified the mind, resulting in inner peace and spiritual harmony.

Since the Dhammakaya Cetiya serves as a symbol of peace through succeeding generations, it is architecturally designed to manifest world peace by their ancestors. Based on historical evidence of the constructions that have lasted over thousands of years, the final conclusion was that the structural material to use in the project would be concrete and iron Why?
Both Buddha images and claddings were built from silicon bronze which is normally used in submarine's propeller for its strength and chemical resistance. They came to unite in faithful reflection on the beautiful teachings of the Lord Buddha, and to participate together in purifying acts of generosity, self-discipline, and mental cultivation with body, speech, and mind. All events are considered as an offering of homage and reverence to the Lord Buddha, and to uphold the great traditions and customs of Buddhism. Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luang Por Dhammajayo) Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple will guide everyone through a meditation session. The dome-shaped Cetiya (stupa) is the hallmark of what has become the largest venue for mass meditation and prayers for Buddhists and peace-loving people of the world.
Besides developing the mind power through meditation, we also cultivate moral conduct for interested people. From the ancient Pyramid of Egypt, the Egyptians at that time used white lime as a seal between the stones of the Pyramids. From the knowledge of the world's first Bronze Age civilization of Ban Chiang in Udon Thani, Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed Bronze images believed to be approximately 5,000 years old. Anyone donating a certain amount of money for building a complete Buddha image may have one's name or the name of a beloved inscribed on the base of a personal Buddha image. You will be so proud to have a role in establishing this greatest construction for our world. The inner peace of each individual can spread to those around, creating a happier family, more peaceful societies and regions in which people treat each other with compassion and respect. Considering the climate of Thailand -- humid and tropical -- we decided to use a titanium and gold coating on the surface of the silicon bronze Buddha images to protect them and ensure that they last 1,000 years.

Afterwards, at 11.00, the ceremony for offering food and necessities to the monastic community will commence. Phrarajbhavanavisudh, better known as Luang Phor Dhammajayo, President of the Foundation, has set the goal to construct the Dhammakaya Cetiya in order to create world peace for all mankind by developing a peaceful mind in every individual.
Therefore, we have found that concrete would be the most durable substance to support the Cetiya to last for 1,000 years. Another research firm, the US-based CEPAC, also verified the durability of the concrete formula for the Dhammakaya Cetiya. As such, the personal Buddha images on the Dhammakaya Cetiya are a witness of mankind's effort to help create world peace for mankind. The outer shell of the Cetiya is now decorated with 300,000 Buddha images, on the hemispherical dome and the spherical terrace. The work-in-progress interior is being decorated with another 700,000 Buddha images, which have all yet been installed.
Several hundred thousands of these images already have specific owners who donate toward the making of these images while a few hundred thousands more are awaiting forthcoming owners. During the Asian economic collapse during 1998-2000 especially in Thailand, contributors residing here were facing an economic hardship altogether. It symbolizes the peacefulness and happiness that Dhamma (the teachings of the Lord Buddha) brings to every sentient being. However, there were some who realized the importance of mind and spiritual development for individual happiness and world peace, and those people donated money from their savings to help the completion of the Dhammakaya Cetiya. Zone 3: Sangha-Ratanam is used as seating for the monks who participate in or organize sacred ceremonies.

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