Hindu And Buddhist Clergy Convene In Cambodia

February 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today



Greater spiritual freedom for women and a renewed dedication to world peace were the messages preached Thursday at a mixed-faith Buddhism and Hindu forum at Svay Pope pagoda in Phnom Penh.

In a pledge at the three-day conference, titled “Giving Global Voice to Eastern Wisdom”, nearly 100 Hindu and Buddhist leaders from India, Sri Lanka, Japan and Cambodia vowed to cooperate to promote international peace in a world of “greed and self-ignorance” and where Eastern ideals were seen to be “marginalized” by the West.

While Cambodia is 95 percent Buddhist, organizers said Cambodia was the chosen location for its historical mix of Buddhism and Hinduism, which was the dominant religion in the Khmer empire until the 13th century.