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Invitation for Bonn Chenh Vassa, Oct. 1, 2017


The Board of Directors of the Mondul Ottawa KhmerBuddhist Monastery, Bodhikaram Temple , would like to inform you that we will be celebrating the End of Buddhist Lent ceremony (Bonn Chenh Vassa) at​ Bodhikaram Temple: 4537 Hawthorne Road, Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4

-Saturday Evening, September 30, 2017
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

-Sunday Morning, October 1, 2017
Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm

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

សូមគោរពអញ្ជើញពុទ្ធបរិស័ទជិតឆ្ងាយទាំងអស់ ចូលរួមអនុមោទនាបុណ្យចេញវស្សាដែល​នឹងប្រព្រឹត្តទៅនៅ វត្តពោធិការាម, អាសយដ្ឋាន 4537 Hawthorne Road, Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4.

-ល្ងាចថ្ងៃសៅរ៍ ទី៣០ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧
ចាប់ពីម៉ោង ៧:០០ ដល់ម៉ោង ៩:00

-ព្រឹកថ្ងៃអាទិត្យ ទី១ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧
ចាប់ពីម៉ោង ៩:៣០ ដល់ម៉ោង ១រសៀល

សូមពុទ្ធបរិស័ទសប្បុរសជនទាំងអស់ចូលរួមអនុមោទនាកុំបីអាក់ខានឡើយ។ សូមពុទ្ធពរទាំង៤ប្រការកើតមានដល់អស់លោកអ្នកគ្រប់រួបគ្រប់ទិនទិវារាត្រី!

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Pchum Ben Ceremony បុណ្យភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌ September 16, 2017

Bodhikaram Temple

Dear Devotees, Ladies and Gentlemen! You are invited to participate in Pchum Ben Ceremony (Khmer Ancestor’ Day) which will be held at the location and date as below:

Location: Bodhikaram Temple
​ 4537 HawthorneRd, Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4

-Friday Evening, September 15, 2017 at 7:00pm to 9:00 pm, Paying respect to the Triple Gem, undertaking the Five Precept and invite the monks to chant paritta.

-Saturday Morning, September 16, 2017 at 9:30am to 1:00pm, Paying respect to the Triple Gem, undertaking the Five Precepts, Dhamma Reflection by a monk, giving alms into the monk’s alms-bowls, offering food to the monks and dedicate merit to our ancestors. Please come to join this auspicious ceremony with us in order to preserve Khmer Buddhist culture, to share the merit with our ancestors and late relatives as well as to cultivate our own merit. May you be blessed with peace and happiness!
ព្រះសង្ឃ និងគណៈកម្មការ វត្តពោធិការាម នៃ ពុទ្ធិកសមាគមខេមរមណ្ឌល អូត្តាវ៉ា សូមគោរពអញ្ជើញពុទ្ធបរិស័ទនិងសាធុជនញាតិមិត្តជិតឆ្ងាយទាំងអស់ ចូលរួមពិធីបុណ្យភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌប្រពៃណីព្រះពុទ្ធសាសនាខ្មែរដ៏សំខាន់ដែលនឹងប្រព្រឹត្តទៅនៅទីកន្លែងនិងកាលបរិច្ឆេទដូចខាងក្រោមនេះ

ទីកន្លែង​​ និង ពេលវេលា

-ល្ងាចថ្ងៃសុក្រ ១០រោច ខែភទ្របទ ឆ្នាំរកា នព្វស័ក ព​.ស២៥៦១ ត្រូវនឹងថ្ងៃទី១៥ ខែសីហា​(ខែ៨) ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ ចាប់ពីម៉ោង៧ ដល់ម៉ោង ៩យប់ នមស្សការព្រះរតនត្រ័យ សមាទាននិច្ចសីល និមន្តព្រះសង្ឃចម្រើនព្រះបរិត្ត ។

-ព្រឹកថ្ងៃសៅរ៍ ១១រោច ខែភទ្របទ ត្រូវនឹងថ្ងៃទី១៦ ខែសីហា ចាប់ពីម៉ោង​៩:៣០​ដល់ ម៉ោង១ រសៀល ថ្វាយបង្គំព្រះ សមាទាននិច្ចសីល និមន្តធម្មកថិកសំដែងធម៌ទេសនា រាប់បាត្រព្រះសង្ឃ វេរចង្ហាន់ប្រគេនព្រះសង្ឃ ឧទ្ទិសកុសលដល់បុព្វការីជននិងញាតិកាទាំង៧សន្តាន ។

សូមអញ្ជើញពុទ្ធបរិស័ទទាំងអស់ ចូលរួមឲ្យបានកុះករដើម្បីចម្រើនបុណ្យកុសលដល់ខ្លួន និង បុព្វការីជនញាតិកទាំង៧សន្តានដែលបានចែកឋានទៅហើយផង។ សូមអស់លោកអ្នកបានជួបនូវពុទ្ធពរ​ទាំង៤ប្រការគឺអាយុ វណ្ណៈ សុខៈ និងលៈ កុំបី​ឃ្លៀងឃ្លាត​ឡើយ! សូមអរគុណ!​


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:

New Address of Bodhikaram Temple អាសយដ្ឋានថ្មីនៃវត្តពោធិការាម

សូមប្រគេន និង ជម្រាបជូនដំណឹងដល់ព្រះតេជគុណ និង សាធុជនទាំងអស់​ឲ្យបានជ្រាបថា វត្តពោធិការាមបានផ្លាស់ទីតាំងមកកាន់កន្លែងថ្មីនៅថ្ងៃទី៩ ខែមេសា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ ដូច្នេះបើសាធុជនមានបំណងមកកាន់វត្តពោធិការាម សូមនិមន្តនិងអញ្ជើញមកកាន់អាសយដ្ឋានបច្ចុប្បន្នខាងក្រោមនេះ។
We are pleased to inform Venerable Monks and laypeople that Bodhikaram Temple was moved to the new location (4537 Hawthorne Rd) since April 9, 2017. You are invited to come to our current address as below:
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Bodhikaram Temple of the Mondul Ottawa Khmer Buddhist Monastery
Address: 4537 Hawthorne Road, Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4 Canada
Tel: (613) 230-6268, (613) 255-6904, (613) 23261-5692
Website: ; Facebook: Bodhikaram Temple
Map of Bodhikaram Temple

Yearly Ceremonies 2014 for Bodhikaram Temple


Khmer Canadian Calendar 2014

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One Dhamma, One Buddhism

I participated in an inter-religious forum on 25th April 2009. As the event was held at the Pure Life Society, I thought I would dress as their members do, so I donned a long white blouse with a matching white shawl draped over my shoulders. Little did I know, this attire attracted curious stares from my fellow panelists.

“Are you a nun?”, one of the panelists asked me.

“No, I still have hair,” I answered, pointing to my head.

We got talking over a cup of tea, and he asked, “So, which religion are you representing?”

Buddhism,” I said.

“Buddhism? Hmm…”, he mulled over my reply, then questioned further, “So, which school do you belong to?”

“I belong to Buddhism”, I said. “There is only ONE school.”

My learned friend disagreed, and said I must declare whether I belong to the Sri Lankan school or Chinese school, or the other schools. They are all different, he insisted, and proceeded to explain to me that if I have been sent by Brickfields, I must belong to the Sri Lankan school.

I smiled and told him, “There is only ONE school, my friend. The teachings and doctrines are exactly the same in all the traditions.”

I could see my friend wasn’t too happy with my answer.

He would have preferred that I declared which school or sect I belonged to. That would have been more “proper”, to him.

But why? Why are we so concerned over our differences?

We can’t we look at the similiarities instead?

After the Buddha attained Mahaparinibbana, there arose, over a period of time, two major traditions, that is, the Theravada and the Mahayana. Later, when the Dhamma went northwards, Vajarayana came into being. Although some of the devotional practices may differ slightly, the basic doctrine of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path are the same in all these traditions. Ajahn Brahm, the ever-popular and well-loved Dhamma master from Australia, calls his tradition, “Hahayana”!

The three traditions arose because when the Buddha instructed His monks to go forth and teach the Dhamma for the good of the many, He told them specifically to allow His teachings to blend in with the local cultures of the people. Hence, we can see for ourselves that the sublime teachings of the Buddha have indeed blended in beautifully and harmoniously with the various cultures of the world today. For example, there is no need for a Buddhist to change his or her name, and Buddhists everywhere still observe and celebrate the many festivals in their respective cultures, as long as the practices do not bring harm to themselves and others.

When the Bengali Buddhist teacher, Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana, first went to Tibet in the 11th century, he was asked how one should practise since there were many traditions of Buddhism. Atisha replied, “You should find the essential point common to all the teachings and practice that way”.

Great thinkers and spiritually-developed people will always choose to see the similarities rather than the differences in the various religious teachings. One goal, many paths. All religions teach us to do good and be good. The emphasis may be on different aspects – the devotional, the ritualistic or basic day-to-day practice, training of the mind, but the ultimate objective is to train and guide us to be as good as we possibly can.

More so, in a world that is torn by differences, political, cultural or religious, there is a greater need for us to see and appreciate our similarities. Why should we waste our time splitting hairs trying to prove who is “better” or more right? Ultimately, as the Buddha says, every sentient being has the Buddha Nature, that pure and brilliant mind that can be developed to perfection. Buddhists call it Nibbana, Hindus call it Moksha, and the Christians call it The Kingdom of Heaven.

There is one Dhamma, not many; Distinctions arise from the needs of the ignorant.

– Seng T’san