Bon Pchum Ben or Khmer Festival for Ancestors is very important day for everybody to express their gratitude towards parents and ancestors that those people have granted them life as well as opportunity to achieve many good things in life. The celebration starts from full moon of 10th lunar month to full moon of 11th lunar month or starts from September 26 to October 11 this year (2007). During this 15 days, Cambodian people obligate themselves to accumulate goodness through offering (Dana), moral cultivation (Sila) and mindfulness development (Samadhi). Doing so, they can build happiness inside their mind as well as family, and they can spread the merits to their beloved ones. Overall, all Cambodians are aware of three essential teachings: to cultivate the good, to cleanse all evils and to purify their own muddy mind.
In that time also, they held an election to choose new president of Cambodian-Canada Buddhist Association of British Columbia. The result as Ven. Santi Palo described below:
I am pleased to inform you that the Election for the president of Khmer Buddist Association On the October 13th, 2007. There were three Candidates, Leng Sao, Doung Chham and Hem Moeun.
Therefore Mr. Leng Sao is taking the President position from now on for the next two year.
Laypeople are dedicating merits to their dead ancestors by giving offering to Bhikkhu Monk
Buddha statue and the sacred alter inside the monastery. Buddha statue is erected as the Master of Sangha.
Three community prominent leaders were casting their ballot.
Bhikkhu Monks were collecting alms food from the devotees.
Huge crowd were offering their food into almsbowl to dedicate to their ancestors and all beings.
Being humbly, concentrated mind, and fulfilling with Sadha are essential!