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Vietnam seminar 3 - Theravada buddhism

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Sarus Exchange Program 2011

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Vietnam seminar 3 - Theravada buddhism

  1. 1. SarusExchange Program<br />Vietnam Seminar 5 in Can Tho and Soc Trang.<br />Learning about the Khmer Buddhism in the Mekong Delta.<br />
  2. 2. Our first destination in the seminar, PhuocThien Southern medicine dispensary.<br />
  3. 3. In the dispensary, the herbs … <br />
  4. 4. … are dried on the ground.<br />
  5. 5. We were very excited to smell, taste and guess what it is. <br />
  6. 6. A woman was cutting the trunks into small pieces.<br />
  7. 7. The man was talking about his daily work.<br />
  8. 8. Next to the Southern oriental medicine clinic, a Khmer pagoda was under construction<br />
  9. 9. A young Khmer monk was enthusiastically introducing us about the pagoda architecture.<br />
  10. 10. We enjoyed dinner with Banhxeo- a very famous dish in Vietnamese cuisine…<br />
  11. 11. Chao Ca-a delicious dish in South Western<br />
  12. 12. These are vegetables and flowers put in the hot-pot. Some of them are only found in the Mekong Delta<br />
  13. 13. And nothing left on the table. Then we moved to Can Tho university.<br />
  14. 14. It was a very big holiday that day. Students were off, and they were having a big camp. We were lucky to join with them in their tent.<br />
  15. 15. Take a look at the insight of their tent. You can see a picture of Uncle Ho. <br />
  16. 16. In the next morning, we traveled to Soc Trang and visitedKleang pagoda.<br />
  17. 17. A stupa in Kleang pagoda, the ashes of the deceased monk is put under this tower.<br />
  18. 18. The beautiful outside look of the main hall.<br />
  19. 19. The elevator leads to the main hall. It is decorated with animals and god to protect the hall.<br />
  20. 20. NeakTà –the protective God of Khmers<br />
  21. 21. In the middle of main hall, there are four statues of Buddha.<br />
  22. 22. The wood pillar of the main hall is decorated with lively dragon. The abbot told us that this was influenced by the Chinese.<br />
  23. 23. The windows are also decorated <br />
  24. 24. The model of Siddhartha Gautama under a tree.<br />
  25. 25. A collection of Buddhism souvenirs.<br />
  26. 26. The beautiful and mysterious scene when we look out the main hall. <br />
  27. 27. The roof of the main hall is decorated with NeakTà and animals- to protect the temple.<br />
  28. 28. Statue of an unknown kind of animal protects the temple.<br />
  29. 29. The school for Khmer students. They teach the Khmer Khmer language, Vietnamese and English.<br />
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  32. 32. We took a group picture together. You can see the abbot of the pagoda in his daily costume<br />
  33. 33. A very cute photo of Jenny, she helped us a lot in the research methodology.<br />
  34. 34. The three-head snake in Khmer Buddhism.<br />
  35. 35. A lying Buddha statue.<br />
  36. 36. After leaving Kleang pagoda, we set feet on the gate of Bat Pagoda. <br />
  37. 37. There were a lot of tourists coming to see the bats.<br />
  38. 38. We were listening to the talk of a monk about the history of Bat pagoda.<br />
  39. 39. A Khmer statue but Vietnamese style.<br />
  40. 40. This pagoda is well-known for the bats.<br />
  41. 41. They gather together, live in the pagoda’s campus.<br />
  42. 42. They were hanging on the trees, ignoring the curious looks from tourists.<br />
  43. 43. In the afternoon, we had group discussion on the topic we chose for our researchs.<br />
  44. 44. Jenni, Mary were giving us advices on how to choose the best topic.<br />
  45. 45. Another group was discussing their research’s topic with Lizs help. Then we came back to Can Tho city and the interesting journey ended.<br />

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