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Buddhist Lent

The Buddhist Lent is a three-month period when Thai monks are confined to their monastery.

Buddhist Lent

. Known as the Rains Retreat because it coincides with the rainy season, which is also the main rice planting season. In the past, travelling monks were prone to impede rice development by stepping on the crops during their daily meanders to collect alms and daily offerings. 

The community understandably instituted a formal religious observance that altered the supplicants’ habits to prevent them from trampling on the rice in the most sensitive planting seasons.  The system obligated the monks to stay put in the temples (studying and meditating) and the community would bring the offerings to the temples for three months out of the year. 

The beginning of autumn marks the days monks are finally allowed outside their temples.  They may resume their routine of travelling on foot and accepting the people's offerings.

Category: Thailand

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