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

Ankor2Cambodia, 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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Lotus Talks Interview - Dr Ravindra Panth, Vice Chancellor, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara

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The name Nalanda conjures up a picture of ancient Mahavihara, which was a great seat of Buddhist education for nearly 700 years between the 5th to 12th centuries AD. The contribution of the Nalanda Mahavihara in the development of Buddhist education is widely recognized. Many great Acaryas of Nalanda had helped in dissemination of knowledge and Buddhist culture throughout the world. In 1951, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India had initiated the idea and declared that the ancient seat of Buddhist learning at Nalanda would be revived and thus Nava Nalanda Mahavihara. was established in November 1951. In this interview, Dr Ravindra Pandt, Vice Chancellor of Navana Nalanda Mahavihara talks to Kalinga Seneviratne about the importance of this great ancient seat of learning.

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Economic Crisis and Buddhism

VenBhavanaVen Bhavana Visutthikhun, Abbot of Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram in Thailand talks to Kalinga Seneviratne about the Buddhist interpretation of Thailand's 1998 economic crisis. This interview was recorded in 2001.

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Deepavali and Buddhism

SobithaThis talk given in Singapore by Venerable Dr Omalphe Sobitha Mahathera discuss many commonalities between Hindhuism and Buddhism with a particular focus on Deepavali - the Hindu Festival of Lights. He points out that both Hindus and Buddhists consider lighting lamps as symbolising wisdom and knowledge.

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Importance of Sila - The Five Precepts

Ven MahindaA simple introduction to the importance of following the five precepts by Ven Mahinda, Abbot, Aloka Meditation Centre, Australia

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Dana - The Meaning of Giving

LamaChodenDana is about alleviating poverty not building temples of Gold argues Tibetian Lama Chodek from Australia

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TOWARD A BUDDHIST SOCIAL ETHICS: THE CASE OF THAILAND

by Tavivat Puntarigvivat*

Buddhism is often criticized as a religion that, being mainly concerned with personal salvation, lacks a social ethics. Although this may seem to be true, Buddhist teachings on personal conduct do contain principles that could be reinterpreted and extended to a social ethical theory. Thailand offers a good framework in which to approach Buddhist social ethics, for it provides an opportunity to examine socio-political issues under the global market economy at a structural level and from a Third World point of view.

Setting up of this website was sponsored by SJ Mets Consultants PTY Ltd of Perth, Australia in memory of J.H.A. Gunadasa & S.T. Jayasinghe, beloved fathers of Sunil and Aruni.
May they attain Nibbana