Vassana Kala program 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Vassāna retreat, the annual "rains retreat," is an annual three-month monastic retreat practiced especially in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The three months are determined by the lunar calendar and, usually, begin in July. During Vassāna retreat, monks remain in residence within their temples and leave its grounds only when necessary. Lay people show their devotion and appreciation by supporting the monks with food and other necessities.

Lay people sometimes give up things like eating meat, drinking alcohol, or smoking during Vass.

The Vassāna retreat (Rainy Season) is timed to coincide with the monsoon rains of India and Southeast Asia. Many Mahayana Buddhist monastic traditions also have periodic retreats or intensive practice periods modeled after Vass, but they may be observed at different times of the year.

This year the Vas Ārādhānā pinkama was held on Esala Full Moon Poya Day, Saturday, July 08, 2017 at the temple to mark the customary event of Vas Ārādhānā for inviting the Venerable monks to observe the three (3) months Vassāna retreat (Rainy Reason). Two monks, Ven. Kumbalgoda Siriniwasa and Wilegoda Ariyadeva decided to stay at our temple and observe vas during the Vassāna period which will end on October 15, 2017.

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