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HUOT TATH (1891-1975?)

21.07.2010 23:48 EDT
In the movement to encourage Mahanikay novices and monks to practice according to the teachings of Buddha, and in raising the standard of national literature, Huot Tath dedicated much time serving the interests of the Khmer nation.
In 1909, he was appointed a member of the Committee to create a Khmer dictionary. After completing studies in Sanskrit and on Khmer inscriptions in Hanoi with Venerable Chuon Nath, under Louis Finot, he was appointed Professor of Sanskrit at the Higher School of Pali.
In 1928 he was sent to Cochinchina together with the curator of the Royal Library Mlle. Karpelès to spread the word among monks and lay people to pay attention to Khmer customs. He returned later to explain the creation and benefits of a Buddhist Institute, and was soon appointed to the Commission to inspect the Khmer dictionary, and was also made a member of the Tripitaka Commission.
In 1931, he went to Vientiane and Luang Prabang to take part in the inaugural ceremonies for the Buddhist Institute of Laos, and to discuss the establishment of the Higher School of Pali in Laos. He was one of the four members, alongside Venerable Chuon Nath , Venerable Um Sou, and Venerable Meung who were appointed on 30 July 1927 to study the differences between the Old Dhamma and the New Dhamma, and to find a way to resolve the dispute between these two schools of thought.
In 1945, he was appointed President of the Buddhist Congress and in 1948 he was promoted to Director of the Higher School of Pali and the Tripitaka Commission.
In 1968, He became rector of the Buddhist University. Following the passing away of Samdecsanghareach Chuon Nath, he was appointed Samdec preah maha someythie thopdey sanghareach of the Mahanikay Sect. He is thought to have been executed in Udong, shortly after the Khmer Rouge victory of April 1975.

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