September 2010 Update
friends of Dhamma Aid Cambodia,
A lot more things seems to be happenning for DAC as we proceed towards
the end of the year.
Books and more books
This month is a record month DAC - 9,000 books of two titles printed in
the same month !
For Young Students
Cover design by Mr SY Moy of Petaling
for Young Students
July update we informed that we were collaborating with Youth Resource
Development Program ("YRDP")
in Phnom Penh to print and distribute "Dhammadipa for Young
Students". YRDP works with university students to
develop awareness of human rights, peace building, gender equity,
community development and inter-faith
and cross-cultural understanding.
initially intended to print 4,000 copies but just before we went to
the printers, a donor emailed us to top up the amount. So we
print 5,000 copies which have been funded by cash donations, 2
anonymous donors and a group of Indonesian friends headed by Yanti.
have also printed 4,000 copies of The Dhammapada. This is the first
time DAC has printed a scriptural text. This edition is bi-lingual, in
Khmer and English. The Khmer text is from the Khmer Tipitaka while the
English text is from the Union Buddha Sasana Council of Myanmar.
to Bee Yong
for arranging this Dhamma-dana. This kind lady whom I have yet to meet,
phoned me to say she wanted to deposit a cheque with funds
from her friends before she catches the plane to Qinghai to help the
earthquake victims there. The donors for this meritorious act are
you very much for all your ongoing support,
particularly to our donors; you know who you are
(and so do we!).
Cover design by Ven Sovann Pannavaro featuring the
Buddha image of Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Photo by Chong Su Lim, Malaysia
YRDP will be distributing "Dhammadipa for Young
Students" to various Wats, NGOs and
around Phnom Penh. Faye Smith, the Country Head of Project
run by the Buddhist Library of Sydney would be taking a quantity of
books to be used in their classes down south in Kampot.
I also contacted Sela Chham to help
me distribute the books in Siem
Reap. Sela was the first local I befriended in Cambodia. I
when I first visited Siem Reap with my family in December 2005. He was
the boutique hotel we stayed in and which was
owned by an American couple . Sela told me that like most people his
age, he had a difficult childhood, which is an understatement.
his father died, he and his mother wandered the countryside until they
were offered shelter by the army, on condition they worked for
while his mother cooked in the barracks, Sela spent part of his
childhood dodging mortar shells in the battle field as he carried boxes
of bullets to government soldiers in the front line. He impressed me
(and probably also inspired the idea of DAC), as despite his difficult
situation, he would go to a nearby Wat every day after work to teach
English to the local children. The American owners of
the hotel eventually started an NGO
which sponsored Sela's studies at a private university. Today,
Sela continues his good work with an NGO called PEPY which helps to
improve literacy and
education standards in the Siem Reap area.
With Sela's help, these books will be distributed to local NGOs running
free classes for children and youths in Wat Thmei and Wat
Damnak as well as to Green
Gecko, an organisation which cares for the street children of Siem
through his employer PEPY, the books will be distributed to rural
school libraries around Siem Reap.
Dhammapada will be distributed by Ven Sin
Kong Nyanajoti and Ven Sovann
Pannavaro primarily to the various wats or pagodas and the monastic
universities for the benefit of monks, samaneras and
years, our work is becoming familiar to
the Dhamma community in Cambodia. (In Cambodia, our books carry
our name as "Malaysian Buddhist Friends" and
not DAC). This familiarity is largely a result of our books being
actively distributed by our Cambodian friends at the grass-roots level,
directly into the appreciative hands and hearts of ordinary Cambodians.
Distribution: Dhammapadipa for Young Students
Faye with Australian
volunteers from Project Cambodia, collecting books from YRDP.
These will be used in their classes in Kampot, down south.
Our books distributed at the Asia Foundation Exhibition in Phnom Penh
And also at the
UN International Peace Day Forum on 21 Sept,
for the benefit
of a young generation free from war.
Distribution: The Dhammapada
4,000 books of
the bilingual Khmer-English Dhammapada.
The first distribution of 300 books by Ven Sin Kong at Eng Thuong
Buddhist High School.
Battambang, West Cambodia in September 2010.
Happy monks...with their own copy of the Dhammapada.
"Better than a hundred
years in the life of a person who does not comprehend the Noble Dhamma,
is a day in the life of one who comprehends the Noble Dhamma.." ~
by Cambodian monks to Kuala Lumpur
We arranged for the Venerables Sin Kong Nyanajoti and Ven Sovann
Pannavaro to attend the World
Buddhist Conference which was held at the Istana Hotel on 25 and 26 September 2010. We are
grateful to the organisers of the WBC for sponsoring their visit and
participation. DAC actively supports the resurgence of
Buddhism in Cambodia and believes that the effort to re-establish the
Buddha Sasana must be led by
dedicated and educated monks who will hold leadership roles in the
future. The visit and participation in the conference by
these young monks exposes them to progressive ideas, develops a wider world view and allows them
to extend their network of international contacts.
Khmer books available at Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya
Ven Sin Kong is from Tbeng Meanchey, a remote and poor district in
northern Cambodia 4 hours from Siem Reap. His parents are
farmers. Ven Sin Kong ordained as a novice when he was 15. After his
studies at a local Buddhist school, he won a scholarship to study at
International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Myanmar. After
in 2008 with outstanding results, he proceeded to obtain his Masters
in Buddhist Studies from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. He is
presently a lecturer in a monastic university, the Phra Sihanouk Raja
University of Battambang where he teaches Buddhist Philosophy and
Ven Sovann is from a poor farming family from Kampong Thom. The second
child among 6 siblings, he
ordained as a novice at the age of 14. Through his own efforts
and perseverance he
secured a scholarship to study for a Bachelor's degree in Buddha Dhamma
at the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University,
Myanmar. He has translated several books by Burmese Sayadaws and
by Ven K Sri Dhammananda into Khmer and which was printed by DAC for
distribution in Cambodia . He is currently the Director of Khmer
Association of Myanmar where he is continuing his studies for a Masters
at the WBC: Ven Wei Wu from the International Buddhist College,Ven Sin
Kong, Ven Sovann, author Dato' Ang Choo Hong and the fella who owns the
Dana for Ven Sin Kong and Ven Sovann together with Ven Tejadhammo of Australia at Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Bandar Utama.
You will soon be able to borrow Khmer Dhamma books for your Cambodian
workers and maids. These will be available soon at the UBV
Library. We may also make these books available at another Buddhist
library in KL. This is probably a first in Malaysia. We will announce
this facility once it is ready.
Thank you once again for your support. Do not doubt that you are
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