Scholars believe that Biraja (modern Jajpur) was a sacred land of Buddha Padmaprabha and the cradle of Mahayana, supported by fact that Jajpur and its neighborhood are seen to be rich in Mahayanic antiquities. In the 7th century, the visit of Hsuen Tsang to Odisha vividly accounts the flourishing state of Buddhism in Odra (ancient name of Odisha).
The legendary Kalinga War (261 BC) was fought on the banks of river Daya (outskirts of Bhubaneswar). The monumental bloodshed in the war had an adverse effect on Emperor Ashoka. He embraced Buddhism as a religion of peace which led to its subsequent patronage and propagation, especially in Odisha and neighboring states.
More than 2,500 years ago, a prince renounced his kingdom, meditated under the Bodhi tree, discovered a path to spiritual enlightenment and started expounding the principles of the Four Noble Truth and Eightfold Path. Based on these principles, 84,000 different methods to attain perfect liberation had been introduced and grouped under the three major vehicles or yanas: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana.
The prince who had come to our realm and given us so many different solutions to disentangle from samsaric existence is none other Buddha Shakyamuni, the Exalted One from the Shakya clan.
Holy places are subject to wear and tear and manmade distortion. This is a precious opportunity to pay homage to Buddha’s holy places in the company of Sangha and receiving teaching from His Holiness. Besides, we will be cleaning the environment and promoting peace, resonating the teaching of Lord Buddha and putting it into action.
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa will be giving daily discourses during the Pad Yatra.
The total walking distance is approximately 140km over 7 days, covering Dhauli, Khandagiri, Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, the five precious Buddhist heritage sites in Odisha
Successful registrants will receive a detail copy of the schedule, however the schedule may be subject to minor adjustments, as His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa may readjust the journey as the situation requires.
It is important that you register if you wish to join in the walking pilgrimage, as a respect to the participating masters, the ordained and lay practitioners and the organizers. For security reasons, the organizers will reserve the right to refuse entry and registration. Please send in your registration soon for our immediate processing.
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