The late and renowned Vipassana Master Ven. Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun used to reside at this Buddhist temple.
Located in Stung Meanchey commune, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia.
វត្តមុនីសុវណ្ណ ចំពុះក្អែក ហៅវត្តចំពុះក្អែក ស្ថិតនៅក្នុងសង្កាត់ព្រែកថ្មី ខណ្ឌមានជ័យ រាជធានីភ្នំពេញ ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា
Wat Sovann Jompus Ka-Ek also known as Wat Jompus Ka-Ek
Located in Prek Thmei commune, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2556 2012 Vassa or Rain Retreat. Photo courtesy KPT News
For the duration of Vassa, Bhikkhus remain inside monasteries and temple grounds. In some monasteries, monks dedicate the Vassa to intensive meditation. Some Buddhist lay people choose to observe Vassa by adopting more ascetic practices, such as giving up meat, alcohol, or smoking. While Vassa is sometimes casually called “Buddhist Lent“, others object to this terminology.
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 pre-dates the time of the historical Buddha. It was a long standing custom for mendicant ascetics in India not to travel during the rainy season as they may unintentionally harm crops, insects or even themselves during their travels.
Many Buddhist asectics live in regions which don’t have rainy seasons and therefore Vassa is not observed worldwide.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:10 pm
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