Sun, Oct 09|
End of Buddhist Lent Ceremony
The monks and the board of directors of the Mondul Ottawa Khmer Buddhist Monastery will celebrate the End of Buddhist Lent Day called Chenh Vossa (ចេញវស្សា) to rejoice to the achievement of Buddhist monks who have stayed completely three months without breaking the Vassa.
Time & Location
Oct 09, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bodhikaram Temple , 4537 Hawthorne Rd, Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4, Canada
About the event
The last day of dwelling three months for rainy season started from Buddhist Lent Day called “the End of Buddhist Lent Day”, monks are finally able to leave the temple and spread the teachings of Buddha freely. This is a day of celebration, and the perfect occasion to make merit for the rest of the Buddhist population. The End of Buddhist Lent also marks the traditional end of the rainy season.
The most important religious event for this holiday is a traditional Buddhist Lent ceremony called Pavarana. During this ceremony, monks have the opportunity to both atone for their own wrongdoings and gently call out other monks for their wrongdoings. A unique fact about this tradition is that young monks are allowed to criticize older monks, just as the older monks may criticize the younger ones. Humility is an essential component of Buddhism, meaning that older monks are not to be so prideful that they can’t take criticism.
Buddhists in the community and elsewhere bring food and requisites come together to the temple celebrating the End of Buddhist Lent day as a congratulation to the monks for their completed three months staying in the temple for practicing and teaching the Buddha Dhamma and to cultivate merit for themselves as well as their departed ancestors and relatives.