Vassa or Rain Retreat

The traditional retreat during the rainy season lasting for three lunar months from July to October. During this time, Buddhist monks remain in a single place, generally in their temples.

Kathina

The Buddhist festival at the end of Vassa (usually October). It is a time for the laity to express gratitude to monks by offering new robes.

Uposatha Days

These are times of renewed dedication to Dhamma practice. For monastics, these are often days of intensive reflection and meditation. Lay people observe the eight precepts on Uposatha days as a way to re-energize commitment to the Dhamma.