Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Buddhist Rains Retreat Begins

Buddhist Rains Retreat Begins

Buddhist Rains Retreat Begins

The beginning of the monsoon season in Cambodia also marks "Chol Vassa,"

known as Buddhist Lent or the Buddhist Rains Retreat.

During this three-month period starting on the first waning of the eighth moon-which

fell on July 15 this year-monks no longer make their early-morning rounds seeking

alms and rice. Instead they are required to stay inside the temples, where they concentrate

on studying the dhamma, or Buddhist precepts.

Chol Vassa, practiced throughout Buddhist Southeast Asia, originated from the need

of wandering monks to seek shelter indoors during the rainy season. In addition,

villagers didn't want monks tromping through the fields during the planting season,

ruining the seedlings.

Coinciding with school vacation, Chol Vassa is also a period for boys and young men

to temporarily enter the monkhood, studying the dhamma and earning merit for their

parents.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen’s China visit ‘a good opportunity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on Sunday to discuss economic and trade issues presents a good opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen Chinese ties and counter punitive measures by the West, an analyst says. The prime minister’s four-day official visit to

  • Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon

    The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

  • Close to the edge: Hair raising pictures from Kulen Mountain

    A new hair raising attraction on Kulen Mountain has finally opened to the public, with people flocking to the protruding cliff edge overlooking green mountainous forests to take photographs. The giant overhanging rock is situated in an area known as Mahendraparvata – an ancient city of

  • US warned not to interfere despite successful meeting

    A senior Ministry of National Defence official said the Tuesday meeting between the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H Felter and General Neang Phat had helped strengthen relations between the two countries’ militaries. However, a senior Cambodian People’