On November 8th, BGR held its fourth Walk to Feed the Hungry in Willington, Connecticut. This walk differs from other walks in that it is not held in a place with public exposure but on the property of the Lao Lane Xang Buddhist Temple, set on a quiet road in the woodlands of rural Connecticut. Our host was the abbot of the temple, Ven. Bounlieng Sychoumphonh. Monks from Nepal and Sri Lanka also participated, as did the nuns from Chuang Yen Monastery. About 50 laypeople from different parts of Connecticut and vicinity turned up for the walk.
This walk is conducted differently from other walks: not as a procession through the streets or park, but as a slow and silent walking meditation, in single file, winding around the extensive property of the temple.
The walk started at the side of the temple, continued alongside the woods, then around the back of the property, onto the road in front of the temple, and then toward the back, in an oblong shape.
The walk was followed by a sumptuous meal generously offered by the Lao Buddhist community connected with the temple. Monks recited blessings before the meal, and then Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi spoke after the meal. He explained the inspiration behind BGR and described several of the projects supported by donations from the walkers.
As in previous years, the walk in Connecticut was organized by Yuhui Alison Zhou, with assistance from her friends.