December 2010 Update
friends of Dhamma Aid Cambodia,
come to the close of our fifth year. And as we count our blessings
there are also a couple of interesting developments to
November, we completed the printing and started the distribution of
5,000 copies of "The Buddhist Way". This is the fifth book
written Ven K Sri Dhammananda that has been translated into Khmer.
The Buddhist Way by Ven K Sri Dhammananda and translated into Khmer by Ven Sovann Pannavaro.
Ven Sovann in Wat Saravantejo, the distribution point for the books in Phnom Penh.
Doun chi or Nuns in Kratie, north of Phnom Penh enjoying our books.
A ceremony was held in a school in Prey Veng, east of Phnom Penh, to distribute the books to students.
Nuns and lay people having a group study of the book The Buddhist Way.
Note the detailed mural paintings on the pillars and walls of this small chapel.
Monks from a local NGO called Child & Youth
Education Organisation based in Wat Saravantejo, Phnom Penh have agreed
to assist in distributing these books. We hope this will be the start
of a longer lasting cooperation as it will be a great help to have a
regular distribution point in the capital city for future publications.
Several of our friends in Cambodia have also taken an active
interest to ensure the books are actively distributed. Johann, a
German resident in Phnom Penh emailed me in November to say:
"I kindly like to inform you, that we had received 800 books of
"Dhammapadipa for young students" from Mich Chaorath today. He told us,
that he have about 1200 left. Tomorrow we will meet Ven. Hong Lean. He
told us that he have about 2-3000 left (of The Buddhist Way). We will make a journey to the
province Preah Vihear, I guess in 2 or 3 weeks and share them in remote
areas. We could motivate our neighbors to make a trip together so it
will be a very familiarly way. A little aside from NGOs and official
Thanks a lot, once again, hopefully we can send you some nice pictures. In any way we will send the story then.
Some really great news about a really cool event
You may recall that we sponsored the visit
of two young and dedicated Cambodian monks to the World Buddhist Conference
in Kuala Lumpur in September 2010.
This initiative has already begun to bear fruit. Inspired,
motivated by the Conference, Ven Sovann assisted by Ven Sin Kong and
other colleagues organised a large-scale Dhamma Education Camp in his
hometown of Kampong
Thom. The camp, held over 3 days from December 10th to 12th,
admitted participants of
different age groups over the period. Most of the participants were
villagers from Santuk district. It was estimated that about 2,000 persons attended the 3 day camp at various times. This
is really encouraging. It affirms our belief that sometimes, all
it takes for a community to overcome its self-doubt and lethargy and to reclaim its strength is a few moments of clarity, when routine and accepted norms are not seen as the only option. DAC
together with the Ven's Malaysian friends are also pleased to have contributed some funds to
help support this excellent initiative. Here are few nice pics of the event.
available at Vihara Libraries in Kuala Lumpur & Petaling Jaya
of Khmer Dhamma books have also been donated to the libraries of 3
viharas in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. You may wish to borrow these
for your Cambodian
workers and maids. They are Uttama Bodhi Vihara (Bandar Utama),
Subang Jaya Buddhist Society and Brickfields Mahavihara.
During the last 5
years we have printed and distributed a total of 65,000 books. During
the same period, we also provided 24 scholarships for the monastic
students of Phra Sihanouk Raja University in Phnom Penh and donated
towards various projects.
Our actions today will have effects stretching into the future. Rejoice in the recollection of your wonderful karma.
Thank you once again for your support. Do not doubt that you are
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Have a great year ahead...
peace in the
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