CNRM-Massachusetts’ Invitations to the New Year Reception for Hon. Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, CNRP, to Khmer compatriots and public to attend on Saturday April 13, B.E.2556 A.D.2013 at Sunnyda Restaurant, Lowell, Massachusetts United States of America
Wat Ratanaram holds the 2556 Kathina Dana Ceremony on Sunday the 5th Waning Moon of Assayuga BE2556, November 4, AD2012 Year of the Dragon in Bristol, Connectictut United States of America, presided by the Maha Thera Siripanno Sophon Thon, presiden of the Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks Center, formerly led by the late and renowned His Holiness Dr. Maha Ghosananda, and the Maha Thera Khemiyo Hiang Uaen
Plan-séquence Raw: Kathina Dana Cérémonie au Wat Ratanaram le 4 nov. BE2556 AD2012 Wat Ratanaram détient le 2556 Kathina Dana cérémonie le dimanche de la Lune descendante de la cinquième Assayuga BE2556, Novembre 4, AD2012 Année du Dragon à Bristol, Connectictut États-Unis d’Amérique, présidée par le Maha Thera Siripanno Thon Sophon, présiden de la Communauté des Khmers les moines bouddhistes Centre, anciennement dirigé par le regretté et célèbre Sa Sainteté Dr. Maha Ghosananda, et le Maha Thera Khemiyo Hiang Uaen
Press Release: USCIRF Issues Executive Branch Roadmap for International Religious Freedom, March 26, 2013
FOR YOUR INFORMATIONMarch 26, 2013| By USCIRF
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief, urges the Obama Administration during its second term to promote religious freedom as both a pivotal human right and a practical necessity. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right that encompasses other freedoms — including those of expression, association, and assembly. It serves as the proverbial canary in the coal mine, as it often is the first freedom taken away. Recent studies have also shown that restrictions on religion are rising worldwide, and with that, an increase in societal hostility and instability. Consequently, religious freedom has real national security relevancy, as conditions supporting religious freedom can help combat the rise of violent religious extremism.
USCIRF is committed to working with the Administration and encourages the U.S. government, across agencies, to utilize the expertise of the Commission. USCIRF recommends that the Obama Administration implement the following actions.
At the White House
National Strategy: Create a White House national security strategy, presidential directive, or Executive Order to guide U.S. government’s promotion of international religious freedom and ensure that this strategy is also reflected in the next Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and as appropriate in the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).
Interagency Working Group: Establish an interagency working group at the National Security Council to coordinate a whole-of-government effort on religious freedom, including civilian and defense agencies and USCIRF, and staff this initiative with the Director-level position provided by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).
Individual Country Strategies: Develop individual country strategies that promote religious freedom, in consultation with USCIRF and nongovernmental organizations, to leverage both U.S. government influence and partnerships with advocacy organizations and religious communities.
Appointments: Whenever vacancies occur, quickly appoint an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and appoint Commissioners to USCIRF.
At the State Department/USAID
All Tools on Deck: Utilize all the tools provided to the U.S. government by IRFA, including annually designating “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) after the issuance of each State Department religious freedom report; undertaking robust diplomatic engagement of CPC countries through the use of binding agreements; and ending the use of “double hatted” sanctions towards non-reforming governments by applying specific actions directly related to religious freedom violations.
Training of Diplomats and Military Personnel: Require that all diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute and relevant members of the military receive training on the importance of religious freedom and practical ways to best promote this freedom as an aspect of U.S. foreign policy, so that Foreign Service officers, U.S. service members and military chaplains can more effectively engage with religious leaders and government and military officials in countries of concern.
USAID and Other Entities: Task USAID with developing and disseminating education materials on human rights, religious freedom, and the importance of interfaith understanding for the achievement of development objectives in countries of particular concern and fund teacher training initiatives to support this effort. Also ensure that the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Institute of Peace and other entities dispersing federal funds for grant making undertake specific programming on religious freedom.
Liaise with NGOS and Religious Communities: Formally establish a mechanism within the State Department to liaise with NGOs and religious communities working on religious freedom issues, such as continuing the Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy, to improve the U.S. government’s ability to promote religious freedom, interfaith understanding, and stability, and more fully involve USCIRF in its effort.
At the Office of International Religious Freedom
The Ambassador’s Position: Strengthen the position of the Ambassador-at-Large by giving the Ambassador clear oversight and management authority of the IRF Office, and have the Ambassador chair a working group with other religiously oriented positions and programs at the State Department to ensure consistency in message and strategy.
The Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF): Empower the Office of International Religious Freedom so that it is the central location for all State Department religious freedom and religious engagement efforts by, among other efforts, enlarging its staff and deepening its expertise, and providing at least $4 million annually in dedicated programmatic funds for religious freedom promotion/protection.
The late Mr. Son To passed away at 9:30PM on Wednesday the 9th Waxing Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2556, March 20, A.D.2013 in the Jean Talon Hospital, Montréal, Quebec, Canada due to illness.
The late Mr. Son To, Buddhist, former Buddhist monk, born on Friday the 3rd Waning Moon of Phussa B.E.2466, January 5, A.D.1923 in Ta Maek village, Nakta Snaa Mphei commune, Kampong Thom district, Preah Trapeang province, Kampuchea Krom, former Cochin China, in the time of French colonial administered Kampuchea Krom, to a farmer family.
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Opening made in conjunction of the Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia’s (BMSM) 50th anniversary.
Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia)— The traditional Malay gong was hit three times by VIPs, an occasion witnessed by a host of monks, and a 200 strong audience. They had gathered inside the lotus sculptured hall, and together rejoiced at the official opening of the Samadhi Vihara in Bukit Raja, Shah Alam, Selangor.
Samadhi Vihara in Shah Alam, Selangor. A project 20 years in the making is finally realized on March 17, B.E.2556, A.D.2013. Pic courtesy of Mok Medha.
For many old timers from the Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia (BMSM), the road to realising Samadhi Vihara had been a long and arduous one. Twenty years to be exact.
Construction of Samadhi Vihara began sometime in the 1990s, on a piece of land allocated by the Selangor State Government.
On Sunday, 17 March 2013, the launching fulfills a lifelong dream for many and the centre is well placed to serve the growing Buddhist population within the Klang Valley.
This launching also coincided with the eve of the birthday of the late Chief Ven. Dr. K Sri Dhammananda, who founded Buddhist Missionary Society in 1962.
At the launching, speeches were made by Dato Chee Peck Kiat, President of BMSM, Dato Ang Choo Hong, Lay Advisor of BMSM, and Venerable Mahinda, the Spiritual Advisor.
The opening was officiated by YB Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Speaker of Selangor State Assembly, representing YAB Tan Sri Dato Seri’ Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor. He gave a contribution of RM10,000 in addition to RM50,000 allocated by the State Government. Courtesy the Buddhist Channel
<<Corruption: Dirty Business, Dirty Politics, Dirty Government Officials, Dirty Board of Directors in Buddhist Temples and Non-Profit organizations. Corruption is against one of the 5 Buddhist precepts. Buddha’s own word.
Corruption is evil in all societies. It is one of the root causes of a dysfunctional Cambodian nation, Budhdist pagodas and non-profit organizations. It had and continue to break down the very fiber of the Cambodian country, religion, culture and tradition.
វត្តឥន្ទសុវណ្ណ ហៅវត្តអង្គស្តុក ស្ថិតនៅក្នុងភូមិត្រពាំងពោធិ សង្កាត់ឪឡោក ខណ្ឌពោធិ៍សែនជ័យ រាជធានីភ្នំពេញ កម្ពុជា Wat Inda Sovanna also known as Wat Ang Sdok Located in Trapeang Po village, Ovloek commune, Posensok district, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
វត្តព្រះបារមីវង្គដ្ឋបុរី កបិលភស្តុ័ ហៅវត្តទួលក្រសាំង ស្ថិតនៅក្នុងសង្កាត់ទឹកថ្លា ខណ្ឌសែនសុខ រាជធានីភ្នំពេញ កម្ពុជា Wat Vongkutborei also known as Wat Tuol Krasaing Located in Toek Thlaa commune, Sen Sok district, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
វត្តទេពីរង្សី ហៅវត្តស្ទឹងជ្រៅ ស្ថិតនៅក្នុងភូមិស្ទឹងជ្រៅ ឃុំកំពង់ព្រះគគីរ ស្រុកបរិបូណ៌ ខេត្តកំពង់ឆ្នាំង កម្ពុជា Wat Depee Rangsey or Wat Tepy Rangsey also known as Wat Stoeng Jrov Located in Stoeng Jrov village, Kampong Preah Koki commune, Boribo district, Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia.
His Holiness Dr. Maha Ghosananda, the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Camboda, age 100, passed away on Monday the 9th Waning Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2550, March 12, A.D.2007 in Northampton, Massachusetts United States of America. His Holiness was born on Friday the 3rd Waning Moon of Visakha B.E.2457, May 23, A.D.1913 in Takeo province, Cambodia during the French colonial eras.
Sa Sainteté Dr. Maha Ghosananda, la Cour suprême du bouddhisme patriarche de Camboda, 100 ans, est décédé lundi la Lune gibbeuse neuvième de Phagguṇa BE2550, Mars 12, AD2007 à Northampton, Massachusetts, Etats-Unis d’Amérique. Sa Sainteté est né le vendredi de la Lune gibbeuse troisième de Visakha BE2457, le 23 mai, AD1913 dans la province de Takeo, au Cambodge au cours des époques coloniales Françaises.
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