Archive for December, 2012

Happiness is within all of Us!!


DSCF9271 The Light of Dhamma is the best of all. Dhammas lead us to gain real happiness in life, no matter where in the world we are living. Here is the impact of Buddhism on Cambodian way of life. Cambodia is a small Theravada Buddhist country in Southeast Asia. It is also known as the temple capital of Asia. It is full of surprises, and is a place that Buddhism has been well observed in ages. King Ashoka sent missionaries to the land of Suwannaphumi, which has sometimes been identified as the mainland Southeast Asian region of Mon (now a state in Myanmar, the state of Mon) and Khmer (now Cambodia) people. Buddhist monks traditionally were called upon to perform a number of functions in Cambodian life. The monk traditionally occupied a unique position in the transmission of Khmer culture and values. By his way of life, he provided a living model of the most meritorious behavior a Buddhist could follow. He also provided the laity with many opportunities for gaining merit. For centuries monks were the only literate people residing in rural communities; they acted as teachers to temple servants, to novices, and to newly ordained monks. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Impact of Buddhism on Cambodian Way of Life


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 The Impact of Buddhism on Cambodian Way of Life

Ven. Suy Sovann

Introduction

Buddhism was founded well over two thousand years ago, in the 5th or 6th century BCE, its ideas and practices are still evident in societies throughout the world today. Buddhism is the world’s fourth largest religion, with about 350 million living adherents. Besides impacting those who study and practice Buddhism as their primary religion, Buddhism shapes modern philosophical outlooks, psychological conditions, and political landscapes.

In Cambodia, Buddhism is a religion of nation. 95 percent of its populations are followers of the Buddha, and the monks hold an DSCF9424important place in society. As known, for Cambodians, Buddhism is more than just a religion. In accordance with the history of Buddhism, King Ashoka sent missionaries to the land of Suwannaphum, which has sometimes been identified as the mainland southeast Asian region of Mon (now a stat in Myanmar, the stat of Mon) and Khmer (now Cambodia) people. The unconfirmed Singhalese sources state that Buddhism was introduced to Suvannaphum, or the ‘Golden Peninsula’, as mainland Southeast Asia was once referred to, in the 3rd century B.C. under the reign of King Ashoka, the great Buddhist ruler. According to these sources, two monks, Sona and Uttara, were sent to propagate the doctrine of the Master in this region following the great council of 274 B.C. held in Asoka’s capital Pataliputta, India. While this mission may be legendary, it indicates that Buddhism has been present in Southeast Asia for a long time. Various Buddhist sects and schools, including Tantrism, vied or coexisted with a dominant Brahamanism and indigenous animistic faiths for centuries before the rise of the classical Southeast Asian empires beginning in the 9th century A.D. In part through Indian merchant traders, Indian cultural influence was pervasive in this early period. In Funan (1st to 5th century A.D.) the first organized Khmer polity, the Khmer people embraced not only the diverse Brahmanic and Buddhist religions but also the social customs and mores of India.

Cambodian ways of life have been connected to what the Buddha taught more than 2555 years ago. The Buddhist monks and monasteries have played important roles to Cambodian societies from generation to generation. Here we may know how the Buddhism influences to Cambodian way of life. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Impact of Buddhism on Cambodian Way of Life


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The Impact of Buddhism on Cambodian Way of Life
Ven. Suy Sovann
Cambodia is a small Theravada Buddhist country in Southeast Asia. It is also known as the temple capital of Asia. It is full of surprises, and is a place that Buddhism has been well observed in ages. King Ashoka sent missionaries to the land of Suwannaphumi, which has sometimes been identified as the mainland Southeast Asian region of Mon (now a state in Myanmar, the state of Mon) and Khmer (now Cambodia) people.
Buddhist monks traditionally were called upon to perform a number of functions in Cambodian life. The monk traditionally occupied a unique position in the transmission of Khmer culture and values. By his way of life, he provided a living model of the most meritorious behavior a Buddhist could follow. He also provided the laity with many opportunities for gaining merit. For centuries monks were the only literate people residing in rural communities; they acted as teachers to temple servants, to novices, and to newly ordained monks. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Little, But Fruitful!!!


Venerable Suy Sovann, spending his effort and time for the benefit of many, for the peace and happiness of the world and for the development of Human Resource in Cambodia. It is just a little, but so fruitful to all mankind.

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Not Funny, But So Pity to Venerable Suy Sovann and Kids!!!


This is not funny, but it is so pity to Venerable Suy Sovann who works hard the social welfare. He never says he is tired of teaching or sharing his knowledge to the younger generation.

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Not Great, But Really Really Helpful!!!


Venerable Suy Sovann’s activities are for benefits of many, for peace and happiness of the world, and for the development of Human Resource in Cambodia.

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Venerable Suy Sovann with Kraya Kids, English Class


These are activities of Venerable Suy Sovann while he was teaching Kids in Wat Kraya, Kraya Commune, Santuk District, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia.

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