1926: Born Takeo Province, later reduces his age by three years to attend
Catholic School, according to a longtime friend.
1943: Initiated into Cambodian Buddhist Order.
1953: Studied at Nalanda University in Bihar State, India.
1969: Received doctoral degree from Nalanda University, title "Maha Ghosananda"
bestowed. Entered hermitage of Thai meditation master Achaan Dhammadaro.
1979: Met first influx of Cambodian refugees entering Sakeo camp following
expulsion of Khmer Rouge regime from power.
1979: Established temples in refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodia border.
1980: Represented Khmer nation-in-exile as consultant to the United Nations
Economic and Social Council.
1981: Founded Buddhist temples in Cambodian resettlement communities in North
America, Europe and Australia.
1983: Met Pope John Paul II in Rome to discuss religious basis for world peace.
1988: Becomes a Supreme Patriarch (in exile) of Buddhism in Cambodia.
1988-1991: Led contingents of Buddhist monks to United Nations-sponsored Cambodian
Peace negotiations, proposing a compromise and reminding national leaders that "Peace
is our common goal."
1992: Received the title Samdech Preah from then-Prince Sihanouk in Phnom
Penh, popularly known as Samdech Song Santepheap (Lord Monk of Peace) in Cambodia.
1992: Led the First Dhammayietra Walk for Peace and Reconciliation for one
month through northern Cambodia during the United Nations Transitional Authority
in Cambodia (UNTAC).
1992: Step by Step: Meditations on Wisdom and Compassion by Maha Ghosananda
was published by Parallax Press, USA and has since been published in Khmer, Thai,
Spanish and Portuguese.
1992: Awarded Rafto Foundation Prize for Human Rights, Bergen, Norway.
1993: Led Second Dhammayietra through area of civil war before first Cambodian
elections, encouraging citizens to overcome fear of political violence and intimidation
and exercise their right to vote.
1993: Named honorary leader of Ponleu Khmer, citizens' advisory council to
the Cambodian Constitutional Assembly.
1994: Led Third Dhammayietra through the war-torn western province of Cambodia.
The walk was caught in crossfire between government and rebel forces and two peace
walkers were killed.
1993: Led contingent of highest-ranking monks to peace negotiations held under
the auspices of King Sihanouk in North Korea and to a second round of negotiations
later in Phnom Penh.
1993: Nominated: for 1994 Nobel Prize for Peace by US Senator Claiborne Pell.
1995: Nominated: for Nobel Prize for Peace for a second time by US Senator
Pell and an anonymous laureate.
1995 - January: Dedicated Disabled Persons' Center, Phnom Penh.
1995 - May-June: Led Fourth Dhammayietra for Peace and Reconciliation in Cambodia,
walking from the Thai border to the Vietnamese border. Continued calls for peace
negotiations and educating public about the dangers from land mines and unexploded
1995 - September: Led International Peace Day Ceremonies, during Cambodian
Festival of the Dead, for a ban on land mines.
1995 - October: Attended United Nations Review Conference on Conventional
Weapons to present the suffering of ordinary people due to land mines and plea for
a total ban on them.
1996: Nominated: for the Nobel Prize for Peace for third year in a row, by
American Friends Service Committee.
1996 - February: Led Ban Mines Week parade in Phnom Penh.
1996 - April: Attended United Nations Review Conference on Conventional Weapons,
Geneva, to again plead for a total ban on land mines.
1996 - May-June: Led the Fifth Dhammayietra for Peace and Reconciliation in
Cambodia, focusing on deforestation and the link between the military, illegal logging
and the on-going civil war. Drew a link between healthy forests and the life of the
Buddhist order. Members of the Peace Council joined the walk.
1996 - December: Met with members of the Khmer Rouge to arrange a route for
the 1997 Walk for Peace and Reconciliation in Cambodia. Was patron of conference
on Buddhism and Peace in Battambang, Cambodia, which was organized by the Buddhism
for Development group and was attended by representative of different militant forces.
1997: Nominated: for the Nobel Prize for Peace for a fourth time, by an anonymous
former Nobel laureate.
1997 - March-April: Led the sixth Dhammayietra through areas of Cambodia which
were, until a few months before, under the total control of the Khmer Rouge. The
walk successfully concluded at the Angkor period ruins of Banteay Chammar.
1997 - May: Invited by the Dalai Lama to co-lead an ecumenical service for
Tibet at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
1997 - June: As a patron of the organization, he attended the International
Network of Engaged Buddhists conference in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand, which
brought together Buddhist social activists from throughout Asia and around the world.
1997 - August: After the coup in July he led the first mass event calling for
an end to the use of violence in Cambodian power struggles.