Bodhgya, Bihar (India), Dec 14. The 14th International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony concluded on Wednesday evening with words of blessing by chief of the delegates from around a dozen countries where Theravada Buddhism is predominantly being followed.
Selected verses from the Tripitaka, the overall collection of the teachings of the Buddha, accumulated on various period of the 2500 years history, were chanted by around 5000 monks and nuns, who have come to gather this place of the Buddhahood over the past ten days.
It has been made a tradition in past 14 years for the representative monks and nuns, mostly from Theravada school to gather under the most sacred Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained the enlightenment, from 3–12 December and chant verses from the Tripitaka. The ceremony was organized by the International Tipitaka Chanting Council (ITCC), under sponsorship of the Light of Buddha Dharma Foundation International (LBDFI).
Including the representative monks from Nepal, monks and nuns from India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam Laos and some other countries were present there. They chanted some selected verses from the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Sutta Pitaka of the Tripitaka.
Representatives of Bhikkhu Sangha from different countries expressed their views on importance of Tripitaka, chanting and Bodhigaya on the occasion.
Addressing the closing program, Bhikkhu Maitri Mahasthavir, the chairman of All Nepal Bhikkhu Federation said that it is a blissful moment to have opportunity of the thousands of monks form different countries under the sacred Bodhi tree for the chanting of the Tripitaka.
“From small act of kindness to the whole arrangement of this chanting program, this event is a result of hardworking and devotion from all monks, nuns and lay people. This very thing has made the ancient tradition of chanting Triptiaka, the sacred words of the Buddha live again,” LBDFI executive director Wangmo Dixey said.
Every evening, dhamma talks were delivered by venerable monks every day. Those talks were important features of the chanting ceremony, which offered both the lay and ordained members of the sangha the opportunity to hear learned and eminent bhantes form all traditions of the Teravada world.
The Sangha of Thailand undertook the task of main organizer this year. And this is going to be carried on by the sangha of Vietnam next year, as it was announced in the closing ceremony.