Beginning of Rains Retreat 2016
On Saturday, July 16, 2016 we will celebrate the beginning of the rains retreat. The Rains Retreat is the traditional retreat during the rainy season lasting for three lunar months, usually from July to October. During this time Buddhist monks remain in a single place, generally in their temples. In some monasteries, monks dedicate the Vassa to intensive practice. During Vassa, many Buddhist lay followers reinvigorate their practice by adopting more ascetic practices; such as giving up meat, alcohol or smoking. In countries such as Thailand, some of the laity take monastic vows for the period and return to the lay life afterwards.
10:00 AM Receiving the five precepts and listening to chanting.
10:30 AM The monks will go on alms-round
11:00 AM Food offerings to the monks
12:00 PM Everyone enjoys a lunch
12:30 PM The donation tree and goods will be offered to the temple.
1:00 PM Dhamma talk