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Maha Ghosananda - "Gandhi of Cambodia"

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    Posted: 16-Oct-2007 at 00:45
His name is Maha Ghosananda, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism, also known as "Gandhi of Cambodia."

Maha Ghosananda, (full title Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda - សម្ដចព្រះមហាឃោសនន្ទ) (1929 - March 12, 2007), was a highly revered Cambodian Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition, who served as the Patriarch (Sangharaja) of Cambodian Buddhism during the Khmer Rouge period and post-communist transition period of Cambodian history.

His Pali monastic name, 'Maha Ghosananda', means "great joyful proclaimer".

He was born in Takeo Province, Cambodia in 1929, to a farming family in the Mekong Delta plains. From an early age he showed great interest in religion, and began to serve as a temple boy at age eight. He greatly impressed the monks with whom he served, and at age fourteen received novice ordination. He studied Pali scriptures in the local temple high school, then went on to complete his higher education at the monastic universities in Phnom Penh and Battambang, before going to India to pursue a doctorate in Pali at Nalanda University in Bihar.

Edited by Hehe - 16-Oct-2007 at 05:23
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