Ven. Luon Sovath

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Posted by: | Posted on: September 25, 2012

សកម្មជន​សង្ឃ​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​លំនៅដ្ឋាន​ត្រូវ​ជ្រើសរើស​សម្រាប់​រង្វាន់ ​ Martin Ennals

Posted at: Engaged Buddhism
សកម្មជន​សង្ឃ​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​លំនៅដ្ឋាន​ត្រូវ​ជ្រើសរើស​សម្រាប់​រង្វាន់ ​ Martin Ennals
កាល​បរិច្ឆេទ​ផ្សាយ​ 25.09.2012
ព្រះ​តេជគុណ​លួន សាវ៉ាត​ ដែល​ជា​ព្រះសង្ឃ​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​ ត្រូវ​ជ្រើសរើស​សម្រាប់​រង្វាន់ ​ Martin Ennals Awards ​ 2012 ​នៅក្រុង​ហ្សឺណែវ​ ប្រទេសស្វីស។ ​ព្រះអង្គ​ជា​សង្ឃ​មកពី​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប​ប្រើ​ពហុ​បច្ចេកវិជ្ជា​ ហើយ​ព្រះអង្គ​ប្រើ​វីដេអូ ​កំណាព្យ ​ចម្រៀង​ដើម្បី​ការពារ​ប្រជាជន​ក្រីក្រ ដែល​ប្រឈម​មុខ​ការ​បណ្តេញ​ចេញពី​លំនៅដ្ឋាន​នៅ​ជាយ​ក្រុងភ្នំពេញ​ និង​នៅ​ជនបទ។​ សកម្មភាព​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស ​និង​សិទ្ធិ​លំនៅដ្ឋាន ​បាន​ប៉ះពាល់​ផល​ប្រយោជន៍​អ្នក​មាន​អំណាច​ ហើយ​ព្រះអង្គ​រង​ការ​គំរាម​កំហែង​ ផ្សឹក​ និង​កាត់​ទោស​ជាញឹកញាប់។

Original source: http://khmer.voanews.com/media/video/1514152.html?z=0&zp=1

Posted by: | Posted on: March 8, 2012

Seminar on “Reconfiguration of Khmer Soul” on Marc 17, 2012

Original post at: World Khmer Supporters of Buddhism

You are cordially invited to this very important seminar on “Configuration of Khmer Soul”. The main purpose here is not about recollecting of typical Khmer soul rituals as believed and practiced by Khmer people, the seminar aims to elaborate on the Khmer Soul of Race/Nationality, Khmer Soul of Culture/Tradition/Costume/Buddhism, Khmer Soul of Social Affair, Khmer Soul of Economic, and Khmer Soul of Politic.

There is a part of your engagement by multi-choice questionnaires and input space of your thoughts and suggestions.

Don’t miss it, if you can not physically attend this Seminar, you can log into paltalk and enter into room named “CanCambodia”.

Thank you very much,

Sample of Seminar Paper On “Reconfiguration of Khmer Soul” on March 12, 2012: Introduction and Questionnaires

 

Posted by: | Posted on: February 25, 2012

CAMBODIAN MONK BRINGS HIS ACTIVISM TO MONTREAL’S KHMER COMMUNITY

Op-Ed: luonsovath.blogspot.com

“The more they stop me, the more I am strong and stand up. Again and again, more and more,” he said.

On Saturday, Sovath called on Canadians to support land activists and victims, not just with donations, but also through advocacy and petitions to the Canadian government. Sovath’s message of peaceful action resounded through the audience.

“Before, when I was small, I wanted to do something, but I was too scared and I felt alone, so I was discouraged and I lost hope,” said Sarom Om, a Khmer Canadian living in Montreal for 29 years. “If we see someone who stands up, who has confidence, that will help people who want to stand up and help and it will continue like that.”


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Cambodian monk and human rights activist Venerable Loun Sovath speaks to the Khmer Canadian community at Wat Buddha Sodhara in Montreal. Photo by Heather Stilwell.

REPORTED ON February 25, 2012

Long ago in the foothills of the Himalayas, a young Prince Siddhartha left the safety of his palace and set off on a journey to overcome suffering. Upon realizing that the root of all suffering was greed, the newly enlightened Buddha dedicated his life to teaching compassion and sympathy to others.

More than 2,500 years later, a Cambodian monk is adding a modern twist to a journey of his own.

Venerable Loun Sovath maintains that Buddhism, human rights, and democracy are intertwined philosophies. He is an outspoken activist, documentary filmmaker, and poet – and earlier this month he boarded a plane to deliver his message of peace to Canada.

“It is very difficult working for human rights and democracy in Cambodia,” said Sovath in Montreal. “I came here because I want Khmer people in solidarity to help each other.”

Sovath is well known among Khmer Canadians, many of whom left Cambodia as early as 1975 to escape the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Last Saturday at Wat Buddha Sodhara in Saint Laurent, Sovath spoke to Montrealers about Buddhism, human rights issues in Cambodia, and a monk’s role in fighting injustice.

“I’ve never ever seen such an inspirational speech like this,” said event organizer Samnang Chuop. “People can listen to him talk for hours and hours.”

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 8, 2012

Facebook and Buddhism

ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ដែល​មាន​ឋានៈ​ធំៗ​ទាំង​នោះ​ ភាគ​ច្រើន​បញ្ចូល​នយោបាយ​របស់​គណបក្ស​ខ្លះ​ នៅ​ពេល​បាន​​ឡើង​គង់​ទេសនា​ម្តងៗ​។ ជាង​នេះ​ទៅ​ទៀត គំរាម​កំហែង​ និង​តាម​ដាន​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ណា​ដែល​ចូល​រួម​​សង្កេត​តាម​ដាន​ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ ​ដែល​មក​តវ៉ា​រឿង​វិវាទ​ដី​ធ្លី ព្រៃឈើ​ និង​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​ជាដើម​ ដោយ​សារ​ព្រះសង្ឃ​រស់​បាន​អាស្រ័យ​ឧបា​សក​ នៅ​ពេល​ឧបាសក​ទុក្ខ​ព្រួយ​គឺ​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​តែង​តែ​ជួយ​អ៊ីចឹង​ហើយ​។ ឧទាហរណ៍ ដូច​កាល​ពី​ឆ្នាំ​ទៅ ​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​លួន​ សាវ៉ាត​ ដែល​ចូល​រួម​ឃ្លំា​មើល​ការ​តវ៉ា​រឿង​ព្រៃ​ឡង់​ក៏​មិន​បាន​ដែរ គឺ​មាន​លិខិត​គណៈ​សង្ឃ​រាជ​ធានី​ហាម​វត្ត​នានា​នៅ​រាជ​ធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​ មិន​ឲ្យ​គង់​ស្នាក់​អាស្រ័យ​នៅ​ទេ​។ ​ពេល​ខ្លះ​ធ្វើ​ការ​តាម​ដាន​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ណា​ដែល​មាន​និន្នាការ​នយោបាយ​រក លទ្ធិ​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ថែម​ទៀត​ផង​។

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ព្រះ​ពុទ្ធ​ឱវាទ​បាន​សម្តែង​ថា  «ធ្វើ​ល្អ​បាន​ល្អ ធ្វើ​អាក្រក់​បាន​អាក្រក់» ឬ​ពាក្យ​សាមញ្ញ​និយាយ​ថា «ដាំ​ចេក​បាន​ផ្លែ​ចេក ដាំ​ស្វាយ​នឹង​បាន​ផ្លែ​ស្វាយ»។ ពុទ្ធឱវាទ​នេះ គួរ​ត្រូវ​បាន​ពុទ្ធសាសនិក ទាំង​អស់​ចងចាំ និង​គោរព​ប្រណិប័តន៍​តាម​យ៉ាង​ខ្ជាប់ខ្ជួន ពិសេស គឺ​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ ពុទ្ធសាសនា។ ប៉ុន្តែ​មិន​ដូច្នោះ​ទេ ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​មួយ​ចំនួន​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​ខុស​នឹង​ពុទ្ធ​ឱវាទ​ជាច្រើន​ប្រការ​ ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​ការ​ប្រមាថ​ពី​មតិសាធារណៈ។

កម្មៗ​ប្រែ​មក​ថា​ «អំពើ​»​ អំពើ​ដែល​លោក​អ្នក​ធ្វើ ​លោក​អ្នក​តែង​ទទួល​ បើ​អាត្មា​ធ្វើ​ខុស​អាត្មា​ក៏​ទទួល​ដែរ​… មាន​តែ​ព្រះ​អង្គ​(ព្រះពុទ្ធ)​មួយ​ព្រះអង្គ​ទេ​គ្មាន​គ្រូ​បាអាចារ្យ​ណា​ ប្រដៅ​ព្រះអង្គ​បាន​ឡើយ…ហើយ​ឧបាសក​ឧបាសិកា​គួរ​តែ​កុំ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​ទៅ​តាម​ កាម​កិលេស​តណ្ហា កុំ​លួច​ប្រពន្ធ​គេ ​ត្រូវ​ចៀស​វាង​ឲ្យ​បាន​នូវ​ ស្រី ​ស្រា ល្បែង…។ នេះ​គឺជា​ធម៌​ដែល​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ទេសនា​ម្តងៗ​ដើម្បី​ប្រៀន​ប្រដៅ​ឧបាសក​ឧបាសិកា​ ចំណុះ​ជើង​វត្ត កុំ​ឲ្យ​ប្រពឹត្ត​អំពើ​អបាយ​មុខ​ទាំង​នេះ​។ សាសនា គឺជា​ផ្នែក​មួយ​នៃ​បាវចនា​របស់​ព្រះ​រាជា​ណាចក្រ​កម្ពុជា ហើយ​ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​ដែល​កាន់​ និង​គោរព​សាសនា​ព្រះពុទ្ធ​ដ៏​លើស​លប់​គឺ​៩៦,៩​ភាគរយ នៃ​សាសនា​សរុប​។ ​(ជំរឿន​ឆ្នាំ ២០០៨)​ ដែល​មាន​ព្រះសង្ឃ​ជា​អ្នក​ដើរ​តួ​ជា​អ្នក​ប្រតិបត្តិ​តាម​ព្រះពុទ្ធ​។​ តើ​ព្រះសង្ឃ​សព្វ​ថ្ងៃ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​អ្វីខ្លះ​ នៅ​ក្នុ​ង​សង្គម​ និង​បណ្តាញ​សង្គម​ហេ្វស​បុក​(Facebook)​?

បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នេះ​ បើ​មើល​ទៅ​ទី​វត្ត​អារាម​ណា​ដែល​មាន​ការ​សាង​សង់​រចនា​ប័ទ្ម​ទំនើប​ស្អាតៗ ប្រណីតៗ​ សូម្បី​កុដិ​ព្រះសង្ឃ​នោះ​ ខ្លះ​ក៏​សឹង​ធំ​ជាង​វិហារ​វត្ត​ល្មម​ផង​ ហើយ​តុប​តែង​ស្អាត​ណាស់​បំពាក់​សុទ្ធ​តែ​ឈើ​ប្រណីតៗ​ និង​បរិក្ខារ​ត្រជាក់​។ វត្ត​ណា​ដែល​ល្អៗ​ទាំង​នោះ ​គឺ​ភាគ​ច្រើន​សុទ្ធ​តែ​មាន​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ដែល​ពូកែៗ ខាង​ស្រោច​ទឹក ខាង​ទស្សន៍ទាយ​ដំឡើង​ជោគជតារាសី បញ្ចូល​មន្តអាគមន៍​គាថា ហើយ​អ្នក​ធំៗ ​បាន​ឡើង​បុណ្យ​ស័ក្ត​លឿន​ណាស់​ ខ្លះ​កាន់​តំណែង​មិន​ត្រឹម​តែ​រាប់​ឆ្នាំ​ទេ​គឺ​រាប់​ទសវត្សរ៍​ទៀត​ផង កាន់​បាន​យូរ​ណាស់​។​ នេះ​ជា​តួនាទី​របស់​ព្រះសង្ឃ​ដែល​តែង​តែ​ជួយ​ប្រោស​ព្រំគ្រហស្ថ ​អ៊ីចឹង​ហើយ ​បើ​ទោះ​បី​គ្រហស្ថ​ទាំង​នោះ​ប្រកប​របរ​ទុច្ចរិត ពុក​រលួយ​លក់​ជាតិ​ ឬ​ក៏​មាន​បាត​ដៃ​ប្រឡាក់​ឈាម​ក៏​ដោយ​? ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ដែល​ពូកែៗ​ទាំង​នោះ ក៏​ឡើង​បុណ្យ​ស័កិ្ត​លឿន​ដែរ​ប្រៀប​ដូច​ចៅហ្វាយ​ឡើង​បុណ្យ​ខុន​ឡើង​ ស័ក្តិ។​ ពេល​និមន្ត​ចេញ​ក្រៅ​ម្តងៗ​គឺ​សុទ្ធ​មាន​ត្រា​ព្រះ​សង្ហា​ថ្នាក់​ជាតិ​នៅ​ ពី​លើ​ចីវរ និង​មាន​អង្គរក្ស​ឆ្វេច​ឆ្វាច​ទៀត​ផង​ នៅ​តែ​ថ្ងៃ​ដាក់​រថយន្ត​សៀរ៉ែន​នៅ​ខាង​មុខ​ទេ​។​ ប្រសិន​បើ​មាន​ញោមៗ​ធម្មតា​ណា​មក​និមន្ត​ទៅ​ឆាន់​សង្ឃ​ទាន​នៅ​ឯ​ផ្ទះ វិញ​គឺ ​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ធម្មតា​និមន្ត​ទៅ​បាន​ហើយ​អាត្មា​ជាប់​រវល់​ណាស់ ​តែ​បើ​ញោមៗ​ណា​ថ្នាក់​ធំៗ​ ឯក​ឧត្តម​ លោក​ជំទាវ​ ឬ​ក៏​ឧត្តម​សេនីយ៍​និមន្ត​ទៅ​ដំឡើង​រាសី​ ឬ​ក៏​ឆាន់​នៅ​វីឡា​វិញ​គឺ​និមន្ត​ឡើង​ឡង់​គ្រីស័រ ឬ​ឡិច​ស៊ីស​ទៅ​ភ្លាម​។ គិតៗ​ទៅ​សូម្បី​តែ​សង្ឃ​ក៏​មាន​អង្គ​ខ្លះ​កាលីប​ៗ​ដែរ​ កុំ​ថា​ឡើយ​តែ​ឧបាសក​នោះ។​

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 3, 2012

Cambodian authority and Decho must use the prowess of Dhamma or law, not the prowess of personality, to protect Cambodian citizens

Op-Ed: luonsovath.blogspot.com

It is a tragedy while the government and their leaders have been bragging on economic growth, national development, peace and prosperity after the dark cloud of civil war and brutality ended, many bottom-line people like the residents of Borei Keila have continuously been humiliated by such “development rhetoric”. Listen to the video clip below, a woman said “is this the development in the age of Decho?”. It is shameful for Decho to be heard like this. Hence, this plague has happened every where around the world, not only Cambodia, if the top leader is not having proper conduct and moral attitude in the Dhamma. Dhamma means rule of laws, not rule of personality. As our observation remarked, our Decho has always proliferated his personality to judge and decide all issues happening in Cambodian society.

Buddha has been known as an Enlightened personality, but Buddha has never claimed himself as the central personality in deciding and determining any controversial issues. Dhamma and Vinaya which have been well promulgated for public use is the guideline, the tool for proper decision making and substantial rule for every one regardless of their status, entity or tendencies etc. However, Cambodian Buddhists are sadden and sad when their top leader has been using personality to judge and make a decision with all things. Recent public talk of Decho about ordering his Ohna colleague to arrest the violators inside his company who shot innocent protesters in Kratie because of their curiosity on the land grab, is not right on the proper practice of the Dhamma or the rule of law. Decho must follow the rule of law, he couldn’t use his prowess to overlapped or undermine the existing law.

Cambodian law has solemnly condemned and punished those who committed violence and perpetrated illegal activities. Cambodian authority and Decho must use the prowess of the Dhamma/law, not the prowess of personality, in order to stop humiliating our own race and innocent Cambodian citizens.

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Impressive Summary of Lecture Series by Can Cambodia on 5 November 2011

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Op-Ed: Can Cambodia
==>Saturday, 5 November 2011 on Engaged Buddhism: The Roles of Buddhism in Human Resource Development in Cambodia: Past, Present and Future by Ven. Luon Sovath, www.luonsovath.blogspot.com

In short, Buddhism is the religion of Sekha or education. Three Sekha has been exponentially repeated by the Buddha: Sila Sekha or the education of morals, Samadhi Sekha or the education of meditation, and the Panna Sekha or the education of wisdom. These 3 Sekhas is illustrated quite interesting in the Eightfold Path such as Sila Sekha is inclusive in right speech, right action and right livelihood; Samadhi Sekha is inclusive in right effort, right concentration and right meditation; Panna Sekha is inclusive in right thought and right view.

Dhamma delivery approaches of Lord Buddha stresses on three levels: Athi Kalyani or preliminary discourse (Sila), Machhe Kalyani or secondary discourse (Samadhi), and Pariyosana Kalyani or highest discourse (Panna). These three levels of discourse is comprehensive in the Viniya Pitaka, Sutta Pitaka and Abhidhamma Pitaka. Or at the Sutta level, these 3 approaches are Morals/Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom.

For Cambodia, human resource development is one of the factors among natural capital, financial capital and social capital.

In the past, French tried to pressure on Khmer Buddhist Sangha to serve the protectorate’s missions. But when there were perpetual struggles from the Buddhist Sangha, French protectorates agreed to open a Buddhist Institute (BI) to provide space for Cambodian Buddhist monks to learn and create an education at a systemic structure. Suzan Karpeles was the first director of the BI. Scholars have noted that BI is the substantial place for developing nationalism and movement in late decades in liberating and protecting Cambodian nation.

Somdech Chuon Nath is the key leader in reforming Cambodian Buddhism and building productive national central nationalism. His work in translating Tipitaka into simple Khmer language is a great move in modernizing Cambodia.

At the moment, the 60,000 Buddhist monks residing in over 4000 monasteries are the important agents for human resource development in Cambodia. But the lack of giving enough aids to those agents in approaching human resource missionary. If those Buddhist monks are not properly equipped with talent and knowledge, Cambodian Buddhism would be just symbol or a tool for politicians to utilize it, and the future of human resource development in Cambodia will be irrelevant.

According to the lecture organized on November 5, 2011 (10am of Cambodia Time Zone), Ven. Luon Sovath outlined important facts of Buddhism in developing human resource in Cambodia following:

– Since the Angkorean era, Buddhism and Hinduism have played important roles in developing human resource in Cambodia. The startling structure of temples and inscriptions are the evidence of building human resource for the development of this nation.

– Buddha is the awaken one. His teaching has been used in modern day such as human rights, democracy, human freedom and equality. People desire for peace, freedom and basic rights which this desiring is fundamentally deriving from Buddha’s teachings.

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