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Vassa, Pavarana and Kathina

The Vassa, a three-month rains retreat, was instituted by the Buddha himself and was made obligatory for all fully ordained bhikkhus; the details are laid down in the Mahavagga of the Vinaya Pitaka (3rd and 4th chapters). The retreat extends over a period corresponding to the North Indian rainy season, …

Vassa, the Annual Rains Retreat

Vassana or Vassa is the three-month annual Rains Retreat observed by Theravāda monastic Saṅgha. Taking place during the wet monsoon season in India, Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October. For the duration of Vassa, monastics remain in one place, typically in monasteries or temple grounds. …

Entering the ‘Vassa’ – Annual Rains Retreat 3 August 2012 marks the beginning of the Vassana or ‘Rains Retreat’ period for Theravada Buddhist monastics.  The 3-month Vassana period from July-August to October-November corresponds with the monsoon season in South and Southeast Asia (which were historically Buddhist strongholds), thus making traveling very difficult and even …