Visakha Day or ពិសាខបូជា in Khmer is the holiest day in Buddhism. It is the celebration of the Birthday, the Enlightenment day and the Parinirvan day of the Gautama Buddha. This year Visakha Day will be held on the full moon day which is on the 17th May 2011. This year is also the 2600th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment
In Cambodia, to celebrate this great event, the government of Cambodia has planned the 16-18 May to celebrate the Great Anniversary in Koh Pich, Phnom Penh. Here is the schedule:
- 16th afternoon: opening Buddhist Exhibition
- 17th afternoon: official celebration of the 2600th Anniversary
- 18th morning: offering food to 2600 monks
In celebrating this event, Dr. Heng Monychenda has written a booklet relating to what is Buddhahood in Khmer language. For those friend who can read Khmer, please click this link.
Author: Ian Harris.
Publisher: Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005
Size: xvi + 352 pages
This extremely impressive work has been reviewed several times. Ashley Thompson’s discussion in Buddhist Studies Review (24, 2 : 250-56) includes a metaphor for Harris’s work that is worth restating here. In synthesizing a truly massive array of materials, Harris provides “a sort of google-earth view of Buddhism in Cambodia, from the smallest details to the biggest picture.” Indeed, after a preface that surveys available secondary source material, Harris navigates for his readers the histories and practices of Cambodian Buddhism from the earliest Indic arrivals up through the present day. Harris has been praised (and rightly so) for his success in distilling work in French (especially that of François Bizot on esoteric Buddhist trends) and making it accessible to an English speaking audience, as well as for his success in shedding light on the relations between Buddhism and the traumas of the colonial and post-colonial periods. Thompson herself implies that not since Adhémard Leclère’s (Download full article). The book was also translated into Khmer by Nokorwat Publishing with the support of Prof. Ian Harris.
*Courtesy of http://www.buddhistethics.org