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Panel Discussion: Reviving Cambodian Buddhism After Pol Pot “Genocide”


Cambodia, has a long history of Buddhism and is the custodian of a rich Buddhist heritage. Yet, all this was almost destroyed by the “genocidal” Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot from 1975-1979. When the regime was overthrown by the invading Vietnamese forces, there were hardly any Buddhist monks left in the country. But, since then, Cambodians have restored their Buddhist monasteries and much of their traditions. In this panel discussion, some of the actors in this great revival of Buddhism talks about those dark days and how Buddhism was revived in the country and the challenges they face now.

Taking part in the discussion are: Ven Oeun Sam Art, Vice Dean, Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Ven Kou Sopheap, Lecturer at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Pou Sovachana, Lecturer Ethic and Political Science, Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Prof Roath Kim Soeum, Retired Politial Scientist and Ven. Nhab Tat, Personal Aid Protocol of Sangharaja of Cambodia.

This is a “Lotus Talks” production of the Lotus Communication Network.

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