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By Kalinga Seneviratne

SomniengSIEM REAP  - Venerable Somnieng Hoeurn, deputy abbot of Wat Damnak, one of the largest Buddhist temples in this capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region, laments that the Khmer Rouge completely destroyed Buddhism in Cambodia. He adds with a grin, “We not only have to build temples but also do a lot of mind building.”


Buddhist Nun Becomes a Role Model for Womens' Empowerment

By Kalinga Seneviratne

DrolmaBy ordaining women into the Sangha (order of Buddha’s disciples), Gautama Buddha 2500 years ago has placed women on an equal footing with men in India. But today in most Asian Buddhist countries nuns are fighting an uphill battle to be recognized as credible teachers of the Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings).  One Nepali woman may be unwittingly changing this perception by virtually singing the Dhamma.

Indonesia: Ministry Wants Data on Buddhists’ ID Cards Corrected

By Liu She

foto Mazhab agama BuddhaIndonesian Religious Affairs Ministry (Kemenag) is calling upon Indonesian Buddhists to change the information on religion, which is not correct. It should be  based on the religion they follow in daily life. Some Indonesian Buddhist feels reluctant to change the incorrect information for religion in their Identity cards.


By Kalinga Seneviratne 

 In his opening address to the Commonwealth leaders’ summit (CHOGM) in Colombo mid-November, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse concluded his speech by quoting from the Buddha. “‘Let not one take notice of faults of other’s or what they have done or not done. Let one be concerned only about what one has done and left undone,” he told assembled leaders from 53 member countries in an obvious swipe at the British PM’s pre-summit tirades on human rights violation by Sri Lanka.

Cambodia: Gender Inequality Hinders Buddhist Nuns Playing A Greater Role in Community Building

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Undong Mountain, 12 Oct:  “When the war ended I have lost all my family. I was alone. I came here 27 years ago and I have found happiness now” says 71 year old Sentcheant, one of 10 nuns spending their old age together in this Buddhist nunnery, only one of two such places in Cambodia.

The Cambodian Khmer people have a proud Buddhist heritage going back to the 5th century, which is epitomized by the ancient Buddhist monuments of Ankor Wat. Even here in Udong, which is a 18th century Khmer capital city (about 2 hours drive from Phnom Penh), some 101 temples have been built by the kings.

Sobunvycenter“Our kings built temples to preserve our culture, save Buddhism and our Khmer language” said Chan Sobunvy, secretary general of the Association of Nuns and Laywomen of Cambodia (ANLWC).

This rich Buddhist Khmer heritage most Cambodia are very proud of today was all but destroyed during the communist Khmer Rouge rule under Pol Pot. Thousands of Buddhist monks were killed and temples destroyed. But, since the UN supervised elections in 1993, there’s been a revival of Buddhism here.

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