Thai Rains Retreat (Buddhist Lent Ceremony)
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About the Event
Come enjoy a traditional Thai Buddhist Ceremony and afterwards enjoy a Thai Style buffet lunch.
Please bring a small food offering for the monks (such as fruits or other non-perishable items) ____________________________________________________________________________________ About The Ceremony: Vassa (also called the Rains Retreat or Buddhist Lent) has been observed since before the time of the Buddha. Traditionally, wandering ascetics would observe the Vassa during the rainy season in order to limit movements during their travels that might damage crops. Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually beginning on the day after the full moon of July and ending on the full moon of October. Vassa has widespread observation amongst Theravada practitioners.
During Vassa, monastics stay in a given monastery for the entire three months. In some traditions this period is used as a time to intensify one’s meditation practice. Lay people, too, will often use the Vassa period to observe more austere practices and/or practice meditation more than usual.
The end of Vassa ceremony is an important occasion for all involved, for the monks will use this occasion (called Pavarana) to atone for any violations of the monastic discipline that they may have committed during Vassa. Likewise, this occasion is important for lay supporters, who take this opportunity to express gratitude for and support of the monks for their restraint and discipline during the Buddhist Lent.