Treasure House of Ancient Temples
The Kingdom of Cambodia is a magical land of the gods with one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems. For such a small country, it has it all — tropical beaches, lofty mountains, thick forests, cascading waterfalls and the mighty Mekong River — making Cambodia one of the most fertile countries in Southeast Asia.
Cambodia is the successor to the great Khmer empire that produced the fabled temples of Angkor including Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world. It is a devoutly Buddhist country with countless Buddhist temples and monasteries. With a population of 14 million people, 60 thousand of them are Buddhist monks! One of the most important festivals of the year is when the lay community brings offerings and food to the monks as a token of veneration, respect and gratitude.
Despite some of the world’s greatest ancient temple architecture and its stunning natural environment, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. Over centuries, Buddhist ideals have shaped a peaceful and humble people. During this exciting international study abroad program, you will study Buddhist philosophy, temple architecture, art and Cambodia’s unique Buddhist culture. You will have the rare opportunity to work with farmers planting rice, offer your services at a school and orphanage and immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating cultures in Southeast Asia.
During this culturally rich international study abroad program you will study Hindu and Theravada Buddhist philosophy, art, temple-architecture and Cambodia’s Buddhist cultural heritage. Each day your classroom will be a different ancient temple such as Angkor Wat, artists’ studios, and many of Cambodia’s important Buddhist Wats. You will be totally immersed in both rural and urban environments during this culturally rich hands-on learning experience.
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Instructors, Scholars & Guides
Roeum Rith is an English teacher at Angkor High School in Siem Reap. He has also been a guide for many years with an excellent knowledge of Cambodia’s history, culture, art and temple architecture. He is an expert on all of the ancient temples of Angkor and his knowledge of Theravada Buddhism is second to none. Like many Cambodian’s, Roeth Rith is a very humble person who loves to teach visitors about his country. His contacts take us into many places that most visitors seldom experience – schools, orphanages, farmers’ homes and meetings with some of Cambodia’s most venerable Buddhist teachers. It is a real privilege having him as one of our guides.
Ta Toeum became a monk when we was 15 years old. Today he is the abbot and most venerable teacher at Wat Preah Prohm Rath in Siem Reap. Ta Toeum had an interest in Buddhism at an early age and he decided never to marry so that he could become a monk in the Theravada tradition. He has spent many years practicing Vipassana meditation and today he teaches both monks and the local people the techniques of this type of Buddhist meditation. Ta Toeum teaches our group meditation and shares his many years of personal experience as a monk in the Theravada tradition.
Choung Seak Sat
Choung Seak Sat is a senior monk at one of Phnom Penh’s oldest Wats, Wat Phnom. He has been a monk for 18 years. Choung Seak Sat has the responsibility to teach the young monks in his Wat the monastic rules of a Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition as well as Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He has also started a free clinic in Phnom Penh for those who cannot afford to pay a hospital for medical treatment and has healed many with an all natural treatment of diet, prayer and meditation.