Loun Sovath speaks to reporters during a demonstration at Boeng Kak lake earlier this week. Photograph: Meng Kimlong/Phnom Penh Post
Senior members of the monastic community this morning were involved in detaining Buddhist monk Loun Sovath, an award-winning human rights activist, after he took photos of protesting Boeg Kak lake villagers outside Phnom Penh municipal court.
Cambodia. Phnom Penh. 24/05/2012: Venerable Loun Sovath, buddhist monk involved in monitoring land issues, being taken away by fellow monks and police during demonstration of Boeng Kak Lake residents supporting their 13 fellows arrested on May 22nd. Photo coutesy John Vink/Magnum
Monks, police and unidentified plain-clothed men forced him into a Land Cruiser and ushered him away from the scene as more than 60 protesters, flanked by about 100 police, called for the release of 13 Boeng Kak women who where being questioned inside.
The monks would not comment on why they had detained Venerable Loun Sovath, who was banned from all pagodas in Phnom Penh last year by Supreme Patriarch Non Nget.
Front left to right: Tep Vong, Nong Nget; back row, left - right: Nauy Jrek, Daund Phand, unknown. Photo courtesy AP
Venerable Loun Sovath was driven to Wat Botum, where police and officials from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Cults and Religion barricaded him inside, sealing off entries so even pagoda boys could not enter.
A Ministry of Cults and Religion official said it was unclear whether the supreme patriarch has grounds to defrock the monk.
“[Venerable Loun Sovath] is being held here, and after [the supreme patriarch] has finished lunch, he will decide what to do.”
The 13 Boeng Kak women arrested on Tuesday are yet to be charged.
Thursday, 24 May 2012 Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Courtesy The Phnom Penh Post
Posted on: May 24, 2012 9:43 am
BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTER
Videos and Photos of Vipassana classes at our Peace Meditation Center - Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA
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