“Our journey for peace begins today and every day. Each step is a prayer, each step is a meditation, each step will build a bridge.”. A Biographical Sketch of Somdet Phra Maha Ghosananda “The Gandhi of Cambodia”. • Born Takeo Province, south central Cambodia. • Initiated into. Maha Ghosananda, (Somdet Phra Maha Ghosananda), Cambodian Buddhist patriarch (born ?, Takeo province, Cambodia, French.
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He greatly impressed the monks with whom he served, and at age fourteen received novice ordination. InMaha Ghosananda traveled to the refugee camps near the Thai-Cambodian border to ghosananra ministering to the first refugees who filtered across the border. Maha Gyosananda appearance in the refugee camps raised a stir among the refugees who had not seen a monk for years. The Cambodian refugees openly wept as Maha Ghosananda chanted the ancient and familiar sutras that had been the bedrock of traditional Cambodian culture before Year Zero.
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He distributed photocopied Buddhist scriptures among the refugees, as protection and inspiration for the battered people. When the Pol Pot regime collapsed inMaha Ghosananda was one of only 3, Cambodian Buddhist monks alive, out of more than 60, at the mmaha of the reign of terror in Throughout Maha Ghosananda established wats in refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border, ordaining monks against the orders of the Thai military.
Maha Ghosananda served as a key figure in post-Communist Cambodia, helping to restore the nation state and to revive Cambodian Buddhism. Inhe served as a representative of the Cambodian nation-in-exile to the United Nations. Together they located hundreds of surviving monks and nuns in Cambodia so that they could renew their vows and take leadership roles in Cambodian temples around the world.
In June the Thai Government decided to forcibly repatriate thousands of refugees. InMaha Ghosananda was elected as sanghreach sangharaja by a small gathering of exiled monks in Paris. Induring the first year of the United Nations sponsored peace agreement, Maha Ghosananda led the first nationwide Dhammayietra a peace march or pilgrimage, across Cambodia in an effort to begin restoring the hope and spirit of the Cambodian people.
The day, mile peace walk passed through territory ghosanandz littered with landmines from the Khmer Rouge. The Dhammayietra became an annual walk which Maha Ghosananda led a number of times,  despite the danger during the Khmer Rouge years.
Inthe Dhammayietra consisted of almost Cambodian Buddhist monks, nuns and precept-taking lay people. Together the two groups crossed Cambodia from the Thai border all the way to Vietnamspending several days walking through Khmer Rouge-controlled territory along the way.
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For his teachings on non-violence and establishing Buddhist temples throughout the world that root his exiled people in their religion of peace, he was presented with the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award. He had been called “the Gandhi of Cambodia. He died in Northampton, Massachusetts on March 12, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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