Southeast Asia Globe, by Euan Black, February 1, 2017
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Phnom Penh, Cambosia — In 1959, May Mayko Ebihara became the first American to write an anthropological dissertation on Cambodian village life. Published in two volumes nearly a decade later, Svay: A Khmer Village in Cambodia depicted a pre-modern agricultural idyll governed by family and religion, in which monks were seen as the “living embodiments and spiritual generators of Buddhism”.
Māgha Pūjā is an important Buddhist festival celebrated on the full moon day of Māgha in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabodwe in Myanmar. The spiritual aims of the day are not to commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one’s mind. Māgha Pūjā is a public holiday in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand and is an occasion when Buddhists tend to go to the temple to perform merit-making activities.
The third lunar month is known in the Thai language as Makha (Pali: Māgha); Bucha is also a Thai word (Pali: Pūjā), meaning “to venerate” or “to honor”. As such, Makha Bucha Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
Māgha Pūjā day marks the four auspicious occasions occurring at the Veḷuvana bamboo grove, near Rājagaha in northern India ten months after the enlightenment of the Buddha. On that occasion, as recorded in the commentary to the Mahāsamayasutta, DN-Comm 20) four marvellous events occurred:
1,250 disciples came to see the Buddha that evening without being summoned.
All of them were Arahants, Enlightened Ones, and
All were ordained by the Buddha himself: Ehibhikkhus.
It was the full-moon day.
On this occasion the Buddha gave those Arahants the principles of Buddhism, called “The ovadapatimokha”. Those principles are: To cease from all evil; To do what is good; To cleanse one’s mind. In Thailand, this teaching has been dubbed the “heart of Buddhism”. Wikipedia
Modes of Transportation
By Air: You are suggested to stop at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. It is a 1-hour drive to the temple.
By Land: You are suggested to stop in Amherst bus station if you arrive by bus from out of state or Canada. It is about a 25-minute drive to the temple.Please DOWNLOAD PROGRAM and REGISTRATION FORM. Complete the registration form and send it back as soon as possible.
After a busy 2016, we would like to share our wonderful achievements in all the projects of Life and Hope Association which have been actively operating to help deal with the many problems and needs of the poor and vulnerable children, as well as young women at risk in various communities of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
Our goal is to develop a successful model of change through the Buddhist Wats in Cambodia that offers society’s most disadvantaged people a significantly improved LIFE AND HOPE for a better future and then to replicate this model in other Wats to bring a transformational change to society. We are strongly committed to using our energy, knowledge, experiences, and skill to invest in disadvantaged people and help them break the cycle of ignorance and poverty, bringing a more comfortable environment for poor children, families, and communities. (more…)
ទិវាកាន់ទុក្ខជាតិខ្មែរ គម្រប់ខួប ៦៧ឆ្នាំ ថ្ងៃអាណានិគមបារាំងកាត់ផ្ទេរទឹកដីខ្មែរកម្ពុជាក្រោមឲ្យយួន និងពិធីបុណ្យរាប់បាត្រព្រះសង្ឃចំនួន ១.៩៤៩អង្គ ថ្ងៃទី០៤ មិថុនា ព.ស.២៤៩៣ គ.ស.១៩៤៩ ដល់ ថ្ងៃទី០៤ មិថុនា ព.ស.២៥៦០ គ.ស.២០១៦
The 67th Annual Kampuchea Krom Loss Commemoration and the Offering Ceremony to 1,949 Buddhist Monks, where colonial France ceded the Khmer Kampuchea Krom territories to Vietnam, June 4, B.E.2493 A.D.1949 to June 4, B.E.2560 A.D.2016
ពិធីដង្ហែព្រះសពព្រះធម្មវិបស្សនា កេតុធម្មោ សំ ប៊ុនធឿន នៅថ្ងៃ១កើត ខែមិគសិរ ឆ្នាំវក អដ្ឋស័ក ព.ស.២៥៦០ ត្រូវនឹងថ្ងៃព្រហស្បតិ៍ ទី០១ ខែធ្នូ គ.ស.២០១៦
Procession of casket of the late Bhikkhu Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun, Vipassana Buddhist Master, to be cremated on the 2nd – 5th Māgasira B.E.2560 equivalent to December 1 – 4, A.D.2016
Prepare a new casket for the late Vipassana Buddhist Master, Bhikkhu Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun to be cremated on the 2nd – 5th Māgasira B.E.2560 equivalent to December 1 – 4, A.D.2016.
ពិធីបុណ្យបូជាព្រះសព ព្រះធម្មវិបស្សនា កេតុធម្មោ សំ ប៊ុនធឿន ថ្ងៃ ២ – ៥ កើត ខែមិគសិរ ឆ្នាំវក អដ្ឋស័ក ព.ស.២៥៦០ ត្រូវនឹងថ្ងៃទី០១-០៤ ខែធ្នូ គ.ស.២០១៦
The Buddha rejects superstitions but urges us to pursue wisdom. The Buddha teaches us to develop the most important practices: self-discipline, self-restraint, cultivation of morality and spiritual development. The Buddha also teaches us to cultivate the strength of will-power, wisdom, understanding of Mind and self-nature.
IDEAL WORSHIP, NOT IDOL WORSHIP: Regarding as a way of cultivation, some people place the Buddhist images to worship. However, if they pray the images requesting for guidance and protection for health and wealth for good luck and fame, for power and love, etc, or if they ask favours from the images and figures to forgive their evil deeds, then they are not in the right path of cultivation. http://www.jendhamuni.com/wisdom-not-superstition/
ពិធីបុណ្យកតញ្ញូកតវេទិតាធម៏ ក្រោមអធិបតីភាពព្រះភិក្ខុ ធម្មបញ្ញោ ឆុំ សាវឿន ព្រះភិក្ខុ តេជប្បញ្ញោ ផន ភាព និងព្រះភិក្ខុ វិមលប្បញ្ញោ ម៉ន នឿន ប្រារព្ធនៅវត្ដគិរីវង្សាបុប្ផារាម អាស្រមសមាធិសន្ដិភាព ទីក្រុងឡេវវើរ៉េត រដ្ឋម៉ាសាឈូសិត្ដស៍ ថ្ងៃសៅរ៍ ១៤កើត ថ្ងៃកោរ ខែអស្សុជ ឆ្នាំវក អដ្ឋស័ក ព.ស.២៥៦០ ត្រូវនឹងថ្ងៃទី១៥ ខែតុលា គ.ស.២០១៦
The Gratitude Ceremony, presided by Bhikkhu Dhammapanno Savoeun Chhom, Bhikkhu Dejapanno Pheap Phorn, Bhikkhu Vimulapanno Noeun Morn, being held at the Kiryvongsa Bopharam Buddhist Temple, the Peace Meditation Center, Leverett, Massachusetts on Saturday the 14th Waxing Moon of Assayuja, B.E.2560, equivalent to October 15, A.D.2016 Year of the Monkey
Counter Currents, by Ravikiran Shinde, October 14, B.E.2560 A.D.2016
Nagpur, India — Dr. Ambedkar in his speech delivered on Oct 13, 1935, in Yewala, in Nashik district had thundered that although he was born as a Hindu, he would not die as one. He advised the Depressed Classes to abandon all agitation for temple-entry privileges; instead, he advised that they should leave Hinduism entirely and embrace some another religion.
Vexed by the rampant Caste discrimination rooted in the Hinduism that did not spare even a foreign returned doctorate scholar like him, he fought against the bigotry all his life. Twenty-One years later, On October 14, after studying various other religions he chose Buddhism – an indigenous religion of India that promotes peace and equality and which is based on human compassion than any divine power. So influenced was he about the religion that he demolished the cast –based Hindu ideology and gave birth to Indian Constitution based on Liberty, Equality,Fraternity and justice. The fundamentals enshrined in the Constitution are proof of that. (more…)
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda