For the duration of Vassa,
Vassa is followed by Kathina, a festival in which the laity expresses gratitude to monks. Lay Buddhists bring donations to temples, especially new robes for the monks.
The Vassa tradition dates back to the time of the historical Buddha. The Buddha didn't want mendicant monks to travel during the rainy season as they may unintentionally harm crops and/or insects during their travels.
Many Buddhists live in regions which don't have rainy seasons and as such, the practice isn't practiced worldwide.
- ^ Vassa
- ^ Thein, Cherry (July 14-20, 2008). "Shwedagon Pagoda marks the start of Buddhist Lent this week". The Myanmar Times. http://www.mmtimes.com/no427/n003.htm. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- ^ a b c Vassa at About.com
- ^ a b c d Lay Buddhist Practice - The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day, Rains Residence
- ^ Was (Thai) Vassa
- ^ a b Vassa (Rains Retreat) and Kathina (Robe Offering) Ceremony
- ^ a b c d Vassa, The Rains Retreat
- ^ Kathina at BBC