A Change of Guard

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Ministry takes singing monk down a notch


Manekseka Sangkum

In principle, rules and rituals for monastic life are there for a reason, and whilst monks are humans, they should adhere to those vows they took when they were ordained and inducted into that life of worldly renunciation, even if this was meant to be a brief and temporary undertaking. From abbots to novices, the language used is often crude and unpleasant, and so is the exterior bodily appearance, from unshaven head to facial hair; these transgressions may be seen as minor and not be considered serious aberrations from the ascetic path [particularly, in this present era of culturally polluted climate where 'ho chi-monks' rub shoulders with 'ho chi-minhs'!], but they undermine the appeal and foundation of the monastic order or institution itself through the lack of reverence and respect with which it is perceived and afforded by the lay population. In any case, leave the singing to School of Vice ...    

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Monk Du Vandeoun chants during a ceremony earlier this month. Facebook
Kampong Speu provincial head monk Du Vandeoun chants during a ceremony earlier this month. Facebook

Ministry takes singing monk down a notch
Fri, 22 April 2016 ppp
Niem Chheng


The Ministry of Religion ordered Kampong Speu provincial head monk Du Vandeoun to step down on Wednesday night after video footage surfaced of him singing at a Khmer New Year celebration, according to ministry spokesman Sos Mussin.

However, he added, Vandeoun has yet to be defrocked or stripped of his position as pagoda chief.

Vandeoun said yesterday he has since travelled to Phnom Penh “to pay respect to my King to say sorry to him”, adding that while it is a violation of Buddhist rules for a monk to sing, “it is not a serious one”.

He said he sang at the request of New Year revellers and opened with two patriotic songs.

“People danced when I sang those songs,” he said.

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