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Buddhist Institute marks 90th anniversary

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Buddhist Institute monks. KT/Siv Channa

More than a hundred Buddhists and monks celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Buddhist Institute yesterday, during which its achievements were reviewed.

According to a documentary aired at the event, the institute was set up in January 1930 but was shuttered by the Khmer Rouge regime in 1975. It reopened in 1992 when the National Assembly approved a law creating the Ministry of Cult and Religion.

Since being reopened, the Buddhist Institute has tried its best to strengthen its role to promote the religion in the Kingdom.

“Since 1992 until now, the institute’s work is being supported by the governments of Japan and Germany,” the documentary said.

It noted that it’s new building was inaugurated in May 1998 in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district and has thousands of books and documentaries on Buddhism and Khmer culture for the public to read.

Its director Sar Sokny said at the event that the books and documentaries have been catalogued on their website and Facebook page so that readers can easily find what they are looking for.

He said it also prints and distributes the Kambuja Soriya magazine which was the first of its kind to be published in the Kingdom in 1926.

Mr Sokny noted that the institute also holds monthly workshops conducted by experts on Buddhism and Khmer culture for the public.

“This institution has made a significant contribution to the nation,” he added.

The event is being celebrated over two days and yesterday, participants were led by 90 monks in a Buddhist ceremony to honour the founders.

There were also many other events held yesterday. There will be presentations on the history of Buddhism in the Kingdom, today.

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