Friday, July 15, 2011

Great Activity by Cambodian Buddhist Student-Monks in Sri Lanka on 10, July 2011

Dear Dhamma Friends,
SMILE has a great honor to bring a good memorial activity done by Khmer Buddhist Student-Monks in Sri Lanka. This ceremony is called 'Opening Ceremony for Foundation of Building' in Cambodian Buddhist Center on 10, July 2011. The Cambodian Buddhist Students Center is conducting the building (two stories), Wall and Entrance-Gate. Please enjoy seeing the following activities recorded by SMILE. With Metta, 

Monday, May 30, 2011

What To See In Kampong Thom Province, Kingdom of Cambodia

‘Kampong Pos Thom’ was the original name of the present call ‘Kampong Thom’. Because originally long time ago, at the dock of Sen river next to a big natural lake, there was a big cave with a pair of big snakes inside. The people living around this area usually saw these big snakes every Buddhist Holiday. Time after that, the snakes disappeared, and the people of that area called Kampong Pos Thom. Then, only short words ‘Kampong Thom’. During the French colony in Cambodia, the French ruled and divided Cambodian territory into

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nice Views, Good Sense In Myanmar (Cultures of Myanmar)

The culture of Burma (or Myanmar) has been heavily influenced by Buddhism and the Mon people. Its neighbours, particularly China and Thailand have made major contributions to Burmese culture. In more recent times, British colonial rule and westernisation have influenced aspects of Burmese culture, including language and education.

Nice Views, Good Sense in Thailand

The culture of Thailand incorporates cultural beliefs and characteristics indigenous to the area known as modern day Thailand coupled with much influence from ancient India, China, Cambodia, along with the neighbouring pre-historic cultures of Southeast Asia. It is influenced primarily by Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, as well as by later migrations from China, and southern India.

Nice Views, Good Sense In Lao

Cultures of Lao
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Laos has its own distinct culture. Through Theravada Buddhism it has influences from India and has also influences from China. These influences are reflected throughout Laos in its language as well as in art, literature and the performing arts. Lao way of life is very much influenced by the Buddhism as can be seen through the way that Lao people live and behave. They are taught to be patient and acceptance people. Buddhism was the only thing that bound people together and taught people to be good people and stay away from doing wrong things in the past when the law enforcement was not in place. An important festival in Laos is Boun Pha Vet celebrated once a year. This is a two day Buddhist festival that involves the entire community. Traditionally the Boun Pha Vet is held in January or February depending on the moon cycle. During the ceremony the monks give a sermon of all chapters of the Maha Wetsandon Chadok, otherwise called the Great Birth Sermon. Laotian music is dominated by its national instrument, the khaen (a type of bamboo pipe). Bands typically include a singer/rapper (mor lam) and a khaen player (mor khaen) alongside fiddlers and other musicians. Lam saravane is the most popular genre of Laotian music, but ethnic Lao in Thailand have developed an internationally-best selling form called mo lam sing.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nice View, Good Sense In Srilanka

Each country in the world has one's own tradition, culture and lifestyle. We love our traditions and cultures no matter what they are. We try to protect our beloved traditions and cultures because these bring us the great benefits for daily life. Now Smile would like to bring a great tradition and cultures of Srilankan people for everyone. Throughout the past centuries Sri Lanka has been going through a dramatic make over. A vast majority of the Sri Lankan community were only influenced by their own traditional food and nothing more. But, due to economical growth and intense competition in developed countries, companies have taken themselves overseas to developing nation.

Cuisine of Sri Lanka

The cuisine of Sri Lanka draws influence from that of India, as well as colonists and foreign traders. Rice, which is usually consumed daily, can be found at any special occasion, while spicy curries are favourite dishes for dinner and lunch. A very popular alcoholic drink is Toddy or Arrack, both made from palm tree sap. Rice and curry refers to a range of Sri Lankan dishes. Sri Lankans also eat Hoppers which can be found anywhere in Sri Lanka. Much of Sri Lanka's cuisine consists of boiled or steamed rice served with curry. Another well-known rice dish is Kiribath, meaning "milk rice." Curries in Sri Lanka are not just limited to meat- or fish-based dishes, there are also vegetable and even fruit curries. A typical Sri Lankan meal consists of a "main curry" (fish,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Smile When We Are Doing Good Things For Ourselves and Others

Cambodian Buddhist-Students Center

Smile when we know that we are providing good services for the society. Smile when we are doing good actions for ourselves and others. Here, Smile Magazine would like to record and to bring you the great social events conducting in Cambodian Buddhist-Students Center (Khemarama Temple) by Cambodian Buddhist Student-monks in Srilanka and lay people from Cambodia on 25th, May 2011. This event can be called historical event done by Cambodian Buddhist Student-Monks in Srilanka.  The Dream and imagination really become true one day if we keep going our effort. As we have known Buddhism has existed in Cambodia since at least the 5th century CE, with some sources placing its origin as early as the 3rd century BCE. Theravada Buddhism has been the Cambodian state religion since the 13th century CE (excepting the Khmer Rouge period), and is currently estimated to be the faith of 95% of the population. The history of Buddhism in Cambodia spans nearly two thousand years, across a number of successive kingdoms and empires. Buddhism entered Cambodia through two different streams. The earliest forms of Buddhism, along with Hindu influences, entered the Funan kingdom with Hindu merchants. In later history, a second stream of Buddhism entered Khmer culture during the Angkor empire when Cambodia absorbed the various Buddhist traditions of the Mon kingdoms of Dvaravati and Haripunchai.