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Kan Ben Bodhikaram Temple September 6 – 19, 2017

Bodhikaram Temple, Ottawa.JPGWhat is Kan Ben Ceremony? 

Kan Ben ceremony or festival is the traditional Ceremony of the Cambodian Buddhism that our ancestors have been observing for generations as the worthy heritage to the next generation.

Our forefathers defined this ceremony from the 1st to 14th day of waning moon in the 10th lunar month, the month Bhadrapada (usually falls in September) as Kan Ben ceremony and the 15th day of waning moon as Phchum Ben (Khmer Ancestor’ Day or Festival of the hungry ghost). These 15 days are called Phchum’s Season (Rodov Pchum) which is held every year. It is believed that during this time the guardians of hell release all hungry ghosts to come to earth to appreciate the merit of their relatives who bring foods, fruits and other requisites to offer the monks in the temple and dedicate merit to them. After the hungry ghosts appreciate the merit that their relatives dedicate to them, they are no longer hungry ghosts in the suffering realm, but they turn to be heavenly beings living in Heaven. With gratitude, they bless their relatives who have accumulated good karma on their behalf and wish them happiness and prosperity. That is why our forefathers have been holding this ceremony from the ancient time until now. Each Kan Ben’s Day people gathering as a family or group taking turn bringing food and requisites to the temple to offer to the monks and dedicate merit to their ancestors and late relatives. On Pchum Ben Day, people all groups and family come to the temple to celebrate it together.

In 2017, the Kan Ben Day will be started from September 6 to September 19, and September 20 is the exact Pchum Ben’s Day. Under the circumstance that we can hold the event only in the weekend to give people the time to come and celebrate together, Bodhikaram temple will start Kan Ben from September 6 to September 19, except on September 16 we don’t have Kan Ben Day, but celebrate Pchum Ben Ceremony together.

We would like to invite you, your family and group to take turn for Kan Ben (Kan Ven Ben) any of your available day from September 6 to September 15 and come to celebrate Pchum Ben Day together on September 16 and then we continue the Kan Ben’s day until September 19. If you are available on September 20, please come to celebrate the exact Pchum Ben day again. 

Thank you for helping us to preserve Buddhist Culture for the sake of all beings.

ព្រះសង្ឃនិងគណៈកម្មការវត្តពោធិការាម សូមអញ្ជើញញាតិញោមពុទ្ធបរិស័ទ សប្បុរសជនទាំងអស់ចូលរួមកាន់បិណ្ឌចាប់ពីថ្ងៃទី៦ ខែកញ្ញា (ខែ៩)ជាវេនកាន់បិណ្ឌទី១ ដល់ថ្ងៃទី១៩ ខែកញ្ញា ជាវេនកាន់បិណ្ឌទី១៤។ លើកលែងថ្ងៃទី១៦ ខែកញ្ញា ដែលយើងកំណត់យកជាថ្ងៃភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌ ត្រូវប្រារព្ធបុណ្យភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌជាមួយគ្នា។ ញាតិញោមអាចប្រមូលគ្នាជាក្រុម ឬជាលក្ខណៈគ្រួសារជ្រើសរើសថ្ងៃណាមួយកាន់វេនបិណ្ឌតាមសទ្ធាជ្រះថ្លា។

សូមបញ្ជាក់ថា បុណ្យកាន់បិណ្ឌ និង ភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌជាសកលនៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជាក្នុងឆ្នាំ២០១៧នេះ ចាប់ផ្តើមពីថ្ងៃទី៦ ខែកញ្ញា ជាវេនកាន់បិណ្ឌទី១ រហូតដល់ថ្ងៃទី១៩ ខែកញ្ញា ជាវេនកាន់បិណ្ឌទី១៤ ហើយថ្ងៃទី២០ ខែកញ្ញា ជាថ្ងៃភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌធំ។ ចំពោះវត្តពោធិការាម ដោយតម្រូវទៅតាមទីកន្លែង និង ពេលវេលាដែលពុទ្ធបរិស័ទសម្រាកពីកិច្ចការ យើងបានសម្រេចយកថ្ងៃទី៦ ដល់ថ្ងៃទី១៥ ខែកញ្ញាជាថ្ងៃកាន់បិណ្ឌ ហើយយកថ្ងៃទី១៦ ខែកញ្ញា ជាថ្ងៃភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌធំ រួចហើយបន្តកាន់បិណ្ឌចាប់ពីថ្ងៃទី១៧ ដល់ថ្ងៃទី១៩ ខែកញ្ញា។ បើញាតិញោមមានពេល សូមអញ្ជើញមក​ជួបជុំគ្នាប្រារព្ធបុណ្យភ្ជុំម្តងទៀតនៅថ្ងៃទី២០ ខែកញ្ញា ដែលជាថ្ងៃភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌជាសកលក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា។

សូមពុទ្ធបរិស័ទ សប្បុរសជនទាំងអស់ជួយចូលរួមទទួលវេនកាន់បិណ្ឌ និង ភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌឲ្យបានកុះករ ដើម្បីឧទ្ទិសផ្សាយកុសលផលបុណ្យជីដូនជីតាបុព្វការីជននិងញាតិកាទាំង៧សន្តានផង និងជាកុសលផ្តល់នូវសេចក្តីសុខចម្រើនដល់ខ្លួន និងក្រុមគ្រួសារផង។ សូមសេចក្តីសុខចម្រើនកើតមានដល់សាធុជនគ្រប់រូបសព្វៗកាល!

For more information, please contact monks and committee:Tel: (613) 230-6268; (613) 261-5692; (613) 255-6904; (613) 864-6387(613) 435-2396; (613) 983-2396 Email: watbodhikaram@gmail.com

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Kathina Ceremony November 13-14, 2015

Kathina CeremonyAnnual Robe-Offerings (Kathina Ceremony) is the Buddhist traditional ceremony which is very important that the Buddha had allowed the monks, who have stayed during the rainy season for complete three months in any temple, to receive Kathina robes from lay devotees.  We, the Board of directors of the Mondul Ottawa Khmer Buddhist Monastery, Bodhikaram Temple, would like to invite you, your family and friends to attend this annual occasion which is organizing as scheduled at the date and location below:
-Friday Evening November 13, 2015, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
at Bodhikaram Temple: 1197 Deer Park Rd, Ottawa, ON K2E 6H5

Arrival of guests, Paying respect to the Triple Gem, taking the Five Precepts and the Monks Chanting the Paritta.
-Saturday Morning, November 14, 2015 at Tom Brown Arena 141 Bayview Ave. Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3
-9:00 am : Arrival of guests.
-9:30 am : Paying respects to the Triple-Gem and taking the Five Precepts.
-10:00 am : Putting alms in to alms-bowls, Food Offering to the Buddhist Monks.
-11:30 am : Blessing given by the Monks, Lunch of Monks, Dhamma Lecture by a Monk, Processing Kathina requisites and Offer the Kathina robes to the Sangha
-12:00 am : Communal Lunch.
Please join us in order to preserve traditional Khmer Buddhism, and to perform the merit for your present and future life. May you be blessed by the Triple Gem!Thank you!
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Yearly Events 2013 of Bodhikaram Temple

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Magha Puja Ceremony Feb.14, 2013

Magha Puja is organized to commemorate two important events on full moon day of the month Magha (Lunar calendar) in the Buddha’s life, i.e. The Fourfold Assembly and The Rejection to the aggregates of life. Read more…

Pchum Ben Ceremony (Khmer Ancestors’ Day) October 13, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Mondul Ottawa KhmerBuddhist Monastery will be celebrating the Pchum Ben Ceremony (Khmer Ancestors’ Day) on the date and at location as below:
Friday Evening, October 12, 2012, at Bodhikaram Temple
Time: 7:30 pm Arrival of guests, Paying Respect to the Triple Gem, Undertaking Five precepts and invite the Monks chanting the Paritta.

Saturday Morning, October 13, 2012
LocationTom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview, Ottawa, Ontario
Time:
-9:00 am: Arrival of guests
-9:30 am: Paying respects to the Triple Gem and taking the Five Precepts, Putting alms into alms-bowl for 4 monks,
-10:00 am: Chanting Sattappakarana Bhidhamma, Food offering to the Buddhist Monks.
-11:30 am: Blessing given by the monks, Lunch of monks, a monk giving Dhammadesna.
-12:00 am Communal Lunch.
Please come and join us in this Buddhist Lent Ceremony order to perform the merit for your present and future happy life. May peace and happiness be upon you and your family!

Thank You!!!
 

The Buddhist Lent (បុណ្យចូលព្រះវស្សា)

The Board of Directors of the Mondul Ottawa KhmerBuddhist Monastery will be celebrating the Buddhist Lent ceremony (Bonn Chol Vossa) at the date and location below:

Date: Saturday Morning, July 29, 2012
Location: Bodhikaram Temple, 1197 Deer Park Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Time:
-9:00 am: Arrival of guests
-9:30 am: Paying respects to the Triple Gem and taking the Five Precepts.
-10:00 am: Putting alms into alms-bowl, Food offering to th Buddhist Monks.
-11:30 am: Blessing given by the monks, Lunch of monks, Dhamma Lecture.
-12:00 am Communal Lunch.

Please come and join us in this Buddhist Lent Ceremony order to perform the merit for your present and future happy life. May peace and happiness be upon you and your family!

Thank You!!!

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Visakha Puja Ceremony (បុណ្យវិសាខបូជា) May 5-6, 2012

We are honored to invite you, your family and friends to join with us on Visakha Puja Day that will be celebrated on the date and location as below:

Saturday Evening, May 05, 2012

Start from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
-Pay Respect to the Triple Gem and Undertake the Five Precepts
-Invite the Monks chanting Paritta
-Perform the devotional acts and offerings to the Buddha

Sunday Morning, May 06, 2012
-9:00 am: Arrival of guests
-9:30 am: Paying respects to the Triple Gem and taking the Five Precepts.
-10:00 am: Putting alms into alms-bowl, Food offering to th Buddhist Monks.
-10:30 am: Dhamma Lecture given by the monk.
-11:30 am: Blessing given by the monks, Lunch of monks.
-12:00 am Communal Lunch. Click Here to get Flyer

Visakhha Puja Day marks the Buddhism Trinity or three important incidents occurred in the life of Lord Buddha on the same day. They happened on the same day on full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are:
  • The Buddha was born  on this day. Buddha was born into a royal family in what is now Nepal.
  • The Buddha achieved “The Enlightenment( NIRVANA ) on the same day
  • He passed away at age 80 in India. (Parinibbana )
In his early years he lived a life of luxury and was shielded from the life of misery that most of the kingdom’s people lived in. At the age of 29 he left this life of luxury and studied the practices of Brahmin ascetics who denied themselves all but the most vital essentials of life. Eventually he rejected this practice and practice the “middle way” – a simple rational life of moderation. At the age of 39 he attained enlightenment. His discovery is referred to as the four noble truths:
He spent the remainder of his life wandering from place to place teaching his discoveries. Typical activities would include: Going to temple for special observances and listening to Dhamma teaching, giving food to the Monks, and Keeping the Five or Eight precepts.
The way of celebrating Visakha Puja is similar to the celebration of Magha Puja.

May peace and happiness be upon you and all beings in the universe!