Lotus Asian Voices - No. 5 May 2014

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This month’s program explore the meaning of Engaged Buddhism and hear from two monks – from Sri Lanka and Cambodia – on how they are applying   these Buddhist concepts to their everyday work as monks.

 

Venerable Omalphe Sobitha Mahathera of the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation in Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka talks about the need for the temple to address the socio-economic problems of the community from a Buddhist perspective and he also explain an unique cattle saving program that has an economic imperative. Venerable Somnieng Hoeurn, deputy abbot of Wat Damnak in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, who has a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University argues why a temple has to be administered as a public institution and why the temple has to help the poor Buddhist communities to be empowered economically and socially. We also hear from Thai social critic and Buddhist activist Sulak Sivaraksa, who founed the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.

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