Preserving Our Heritage
North America is a melting pot. We Cambodians have been here for just one generation. In recent year, we have also resettled in Europe, Australia, and throughout Asia. As we rebuild our lives in new lands, as we become part of new societies, it is important for us also to preserve our cultural identity. Without our culture, we will become lost and confused, like fish out of water.
Cambodians have precious heritage. The richness of Cambodian culture includes many gifts:
* Cambodians are fearless because they can overcome greed, anger and delusion.
* Cambodians are humble, courteous, and noble.
* Cambodians are grateful to their mother and father, to their leaders, to their land, and to the whole world. Cambodians keep the five moral precepts, the constitution of humanity, and the Dharma of goodness.
* Cambodians have mindfulness and clear comprehension as their protectors.
* Cambodians practice loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.
* Cambodians have patience. They can bear great difficulties, suffering, and hardships.
* Cambodians forgive and forget the wrongs of other people. They learn from the lessons of the past. They use the present to build the future.
* Cambodians are truthful and well-behaved. They follow the middle path.
* Cambodians are soft and smiling. Their speech is truthful, loving, and practical, clear, vibrant, and sweet. Their speech has the power to free the mind from anxiety, to purify the mind from delusion, and to make the mind strong.
* Cambodians have the tradition of solidarity, united by Buddhism and their love of Dharma.
When we are in the river, we flow with the river, zigzag. But we cannot forget our bout, which is our tradition. As Buddha’s all, may the Cambodian people be peacemakers. In the tradition of our scared land, may we celebrate unity, loving kindness, and peace with our deepest gratitude.