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  • Khmer Dhamma Talk : Three-Seat Sermon - ...
    by Saloeurm Savath on July 18, 2012 at 1:24 AM
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    ព្រះធម្មទេសនាសង្គាយនាគ្រែបី អំពីបុណ្យភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌ។ Khmer three-seat Dhamma talk on Pchumben's Day.

  • Dhammadesna-Memorial Service
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 8, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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    The Dhammadesna on Memerial service of Venerable Dhamma Vipassana Som Bunthoeun

  • Dhamma talk on meditation
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 8, 2010 at 9:48 PM
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    All videos of Cambodian Vipassna Center

  • The Different Generation
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 8, 2010 at 7:16 PM
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    Dhamma talk by Venerable Maha Narinda

  • ព្រះធɜ...
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 8, 2010 at 12:48 AM
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    Two Seats Dhamma Talk from Cambodia/ Battambang/ moung Russey/ buddhist monks

  • Preah Mealay
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 8, 2010 at 12:27 AM
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    Dhamma Talk by Ven. Huy Hong about Preah Malaya Tevathera at Wat Ratanarangsey Revere Buddhist Community 2009/ Vessantara Jataka edited by Ven. Pat Sophal/ khmer buddhist monk

  • Ordained Ceremony by Ven. Maha Narinda
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 7, 2010 at 1:33 AM
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  • Gratitude by Ven. Maha Narindra
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 7, 2010 at 1:21 AM
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  • ព្រះធɜ...
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 5, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    Three-Seat Dhamma talk about the Annual Robe-Presentation ceremony (Kathin) by Venerable Chea Samang, Venerable Bun Rithy and Venerable Soth LySoeurn.Khmer Buddhist Monks have copied this kind of Dhammadesna from Pathamasangayana, a first council that was general conversation of the songha in order to settle questions of doctrine since the third month of passing away of the Lord Buddha. Now it's become a Khmer Buddhist Culture.

     KATHINA IN THE SHORT DESCRIPTION

    Kathina The Kathina festival, which originated 2,500 years ago, celebrates the largest alms-giving ceremony of the Buddhist year. It occurs at the end of the Vassa, or monsoon, period, in October and November. During the Vassa period, normally nomadic Buddhist monks will have remained in one place for three months, and the Kathina celebration marks the time for them to move on. The festival also celebrates the offerings of cloth that are given to the monks upon their leaving by the lay people. The offering can take place up to one month following the end of the Vassa period, from 19th October to 16 November, and is celebrated by buddhists of the Therevada tradition. History According to the scriptures, a group of thirty monks were journeying together with the intention of spending the Vassa period with the Lord Buddha, but the Vassa began before they reached their destination and so they had to stop. Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka wearing orange robe The monks were upset that they were unable to be with Buddha, who later heard of their plight. As a reward Buddha gave some cloth, which he had acquired as a gift from one of the lay community, to the monks and told them to sew a robe and then bestow it upon one of their company. The Buddha said that there was nothing as uplifting as generosity and sharing, and so the monks set about sewing a new set of robes. They used a frame, called a Kathina, on which to spread the cloth as they were making it. The Festival Lay supporters now continue this tradition at the end of the Vassa. The cloth giving is a gift of the followers of Buddhism, and therefore no monk is allowed to request or organise the festival. The cloth, according to Buddha, must be offered to the whole Sangha community, who will then decide among themselves who receives the gift. Buddhist families take joy in offering cloth to their teachers. About three metres of cloth is all that is needed, but very often other items are offered as well. On the day of the festival, people begin to arrive at the monastery and begin by sharing a meal. At about 1 o clock, they will formally offer the cloth and other gifts. Two monks will be presented with the cloth on behalf of the whole Sangha community. These monks will then formally announce the member of the community who will receive the cloth once it has been made up. The monks will spend much of the night preparing and cutting the cloth, and finally sewing it together to form a robe. The formal Sangha act (Sangha Kamma) of presenting the cloth to the chosen monk may take place much later in the evening, when it is ceremonially presented to the nominated monk.

  • DhammaTalk by Ven. Soeung Suong
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 5, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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  • បុណ្យɛ...
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM
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    Dhamma talk on Bonn Pchumben, Khmer ancestor's Day, by Ven. Chea Sam Ang called Lok Ta Prek Ta Ten.

     

    Prachum Benda or Pchum Ben "Ancestors' Day"

    Cambodians believe that although most living creatures are reincarnated at death, due to bad karma, some souls are not reincarnated but rather remain trapped in the spirit world. Each year, for fifteen days, these souls are released from the spirit world to search for their living relatives, meditate and repent. The fifteen-day observance of Prachum Benda, or Ancestors' Day, is a time for living relatives to remember their ancestors and offer food to those unfortunate enough to have become trapped in the spirit world. Furthermore, it is an important opportunity for living relatives to meditate and pray to help reduce the bad karma of their ancestors, thus enabling the ancestors to become reincarnated and leave the torment and misery of the spirit world.

    Prachum Benda, better known colloquially as Pchum Ben, may be translated as "gathering together to make offerings" (prachum meaning "gathering together" and benda meaning "offering"). The observance usually begins in mid-September and lasts an entire lunar cycle, constituting the fifteen days that ancestral spirits are given to visit their living relatives. In the year 2003, the specific dates for its commencement and conclusion are September 11th and September 25th, respectively.

    Pchum Ben is the fifteenth and final day of the observance and consists of a large gathering of laity for festivities at the local Buddhist temple. Each day leading up to the fifteenth, however, is also important and special. Different families host services at the temple on each of the fourteen days prior to the final celebration. The days leading up to Pchum Ben are known as Kann Ben (kann meaning "hosting or holding") and are numbered one through fourteen accordingly.

     Prior to the day a family or families are scheduled to host a Kann Ben, relatives and close family friends will go to the temple to make preparations. During the preparations, urns of ancestors, traditionally kept on temple grounds, are polished and brought to the viheara (the main chanting room). Also, the names of ancestors are recorded onto an invitation list. This is important because spirits cannot receive offerings unless they are first invited to do so by living relatives. In the evening, the host family and other participants will join the monks in the viheara for meditation and chanting. The monks will then pass on the Buddha's teachings, as well as offer blessings and guidance to those present.

    Before sunrise on the morning of the Kann Ben, special food is prepared for the ancestral spirits to enjoy. Favorite dishes of various flavors and colors are offered. They range from the simple and traditional nom ansom (sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves with assorted fillings) to the more elaborate and rich amok (steamed fish fillet marinated in a complex mix of spices and herbs). As a gesture of kindness, the hosts also prepare bai ben (steamed sticky rice mixed with sesame seeds and then formed into balls) to be thrown into shaded areas about the temple grounds. This mixture is an offering to the hungry souls who have been forgotten or no longer have living relatives to make them offerings.

    Before noon on Kann Ben, candles and incense are lit and the various dishes are offered to the monks. The prepared list of names is then recited and burned. The reading and burning of the list is a ritual performed to alert and direct the wandering souls to the location of their families. It is an invitation for the ancestral spirits to join their living relatives as they commemorate life. After consuming the proffered meal, the monks continue to chant blessings, sprinkling (or showering) holy water onto the families and their visiting ancestral spirits. The Kann Ben is a time of remembrance and an opportunity to accumulate good karma on behalf of one's ancestors.

    The rituals of Kann Ben continue for fourteen days. On the fifteenth day, the traditionally observed Pchum Ben, families in the local area gather to perform the same ritual of ancestral remembrance and offer an immense communal feast. This day is especially important because if any ancestors are unfortunate enough to have become Priad spirits, it is the only day that they may receive offerings of food and benefit from the good karma earned by their relatives. Priads are the most miserable of all souls due to their exceptional bad karma. Unlike other spirits, Priads fear light and can only receive prayers, food and be reunited with their living relatives during the darkest day of this lunar cycle, the day of Pchum Ben.

    Participating in the Pchum Ben, whether as a host or participant, is a very important aspect of Cambodian culture. It is a time of reunion and commemoration. It is a time to express love and appreciation for one's ancestors. By offering food and good karma to those possibly trapped in the spirit world, living relatives help assuage their misery and guide them back into the cycle of reincarnation. After the ancestors are reincarnated, they have the opportunity to accumulate good karma on their own and look forward to attaining a peaceful inner spirit, which is the best blessing a living relative can wish for their ancestors.


    Researched and written by Vathany Say

    Source: www.khmerinstitute.org




  • ថ្ងៃបɟ...
    by Saloeurm Savath on August 5, 2010 at 2:57 AM
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