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

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there

  • Cambodia lauded for fight against Covid-19

    Cambodia has drawn global accolades for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a new report finding that the Kingdom has controlled the pandemic better than any other country in Asia. Dr Takeshi Kasai, director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Western Pacific region,