Fresno’s Cambodian Buddhist Society honoring new abbot

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — For newly ordained Abbot Bunthon Say, religion runs in the family.

“My father was also a Buddhist monk before he married my mom,” he said.

His father and brother both served as Buddhist monks. Shay decided early on that he wanted to follow in their footsteps.

“I asked again and again until he allowed me to become a monk,” he said.

Say was born in Cambodia and studied Buddhism in Sri Lanka before becoming a monk in 2005.

Now, he assumes a new title – abbot.

“He makes the decision on behalf of the rules of law in the Buddhist religion,” says Danny Kim.

The ceremony served as the initiation of the Says leadership, with monks from across the country joining in the celebration.

“It’s the initiation that gives the rank and control to the Buddhist monk, so we have some kind of leadership in the religious part of it,” Kim said.

Say will now provide leadership and guidance to the Buddhist Society of Fresno, Cambodia.

“To take them, to guide them how to be Buddhist people,” he said. “How to be engaged, how to be a good person in the community.”

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