Thursday June 2, A.D.2016 (The 13th Waning Moon of Visakha B.E.2560)
3:00PM – Wake service at the Glory Buddhist Temple, 24 Cambridge Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01851
6:00PM – Pay homage to the Triple Gems, receive the 5 precepts, invite the Buddhist monks to perform
the paritta, bless the soul of the deceased and loved ones
– Invite the Buddhist monk to give a dhamma talk
Friday June 3, A.D.2016 (The 14th Waning Moon of Visakha B.E.2560)
8:30AM A funeral procession of the casket of the late Mrs. Savann Kim from the Glory Buddhist Temple,
24 Cambridge Street, Lowell, Massachusetts to the Linwood Cemetery & Crematory, 41 John
Ward Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.Download complete funeral program: obitSavannKim
ទិវាសម្ដេចព្រះមហាឃោសានន្ទ គម្រប់ខួប ៩ឆ្នាំ ថ្ងៃទ្រង់យាងចូលទិវង្គត នៅ IKBM ថ្ងៃទី០៥ ខែមិថុនា ព.ស.២៥៦០ គ.ស.២០១៦
The 9th Anniversary of the Passing of H.H. Maha Ghosananda at IKBM on June 5, B.E.2560 A.D.2016
The International Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks Center, IKBM
144 Buffam Road, Pelham, MA 01002 United States of America
Phones: 413.362.9603, 413.230.3569
The Maha Thera Siripanno Sophon Thon 781.632.2693
Upāsikā Sarey Tim 978.596.7991
“The sacred commemoration of the Day of Vesak offers an invaluable opportunity to reflect on how the teachings of Buddhism can help the international community tackle pressing challenges,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away. (more…)
ពិធីបុណ្យឈាបនកិច្ចឩបាសក អ៊ុក ផ ជន្មាយុ ៨០ឆ្នាំ ប្រារព្ធនៅវត្ដពន្លឺពុទ្ធចក្ក ថ្ងៃទី១៥ ១៦ ឧសភា ព.ស.២៥៥៩ គ.ស.២០១៦
Funeral Service of the late Mr. Phor Uk, Age 80 to be held at the Glory Buddhist Temple, 24 Cambridge Street, Lowell, MA on May 15 – 16, B.E.2559 A.D.2016
Tuesday the 12th Waning Moon of Citta B.E.2559, May 3, A.D.2016 Year of the Monkey
Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, calls on the authorities in Cambodia to respect the space for civil society and end harassment and intimidation of activists.
The current situation was trigged when activists from a well-known human rights organisation (ADHOC) and a Deputy Secretary General of the National Election Committee (NEC) were summoned for questioning and later detained by the Anti-Corruption Unit. They were then transferred to the court and charged for allegedly bribing a witness in a highly politicised case.
A Deputy Secretary General of the NEC and one officer from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights were also charged as accomplices in bribing the witness.
“TI is seriously concerned about increasing allegations of political interference and intimidation of human rights and anti-corruption activists. The Anti-Corruption Unit should not be used in such a way that intimidates and silences the voice of civil society activists. This sends the wrong message, not only to the people of Cambodia but to the rest of the world. Civil society needs to be protected so that it can support citizens,” said Elena Panfilova, Vice Chair of Transparency International.
If convicted the activists could face between 5 – 10 years prison sentences. A decision is expected this week.
On 28 April 27 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) signed a joint statement calling on the authorities to cease
harassment of human rights defenders, and on 2 May 59 NGOs signed a joint statement condemning the charges against human right defenders.
This latest crackdown on civil society comes in the wake of the introduction of a restrictive NGO law – Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) – that could impede the freedom of civil society in the country.
With local elections in Cambodia scheduled for next year and national elections in 2018, it is vital that civil society is allowed to act freely and without fear of reprisal. Cambodian authorities
May Day was celebrated in Cambodia with rallies and calls for better working conditions, but there was not much to celebrate.
Garment workers shout and wave Cambodian national flags during a march to mark Labour Day in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2015.
In April, Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a trade union law that falls well short of the International Labor Organization’s conventions and human rights standards that Cambodia is obligated to uphold. The law prohibits new, unregistered unions from carrying out legitimate union activities. It grants authorities power to interfere with union independence under the guise of auditing and reporting, and it severely curbs unions’ ability to bargain collectively and strike.
EXPAND Garment workers shout and wave Cambodian national flags during a march to mark Labour Day in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2015.
Among this law’s many bad elements, one bright spot is a provision that calls for transparency on union registration. It says the Labor Ministry must maintain union registration records and further that the ministry “may” regularly publish such records. Considering how opaque the government is about its actions on unions, even this small step could help workers’ rights. This discretionary power should be made a requirement and part of a larger reform agenda. In the interim, donors and apparel brands should insist on more transparent processes and public reporting by the Labor Ministry.
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