Today is Kao Punsa at our local temple Wat Greensboro of NC. Kao Punsa is the tradition of Buddhist Lent or the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Laos and Thailand as Punsa, which dated back to the early Buddhism in ancient India, this is the time where monks spent three months of the annual rainy season in permanent dwellings. This is to avoid unnecessary traveling during the period when crops were still new for fear that they might accidentally step on young plants. In the ancient time, the Lord Buddha left earth for 3 months to visit his mother up in heaven, he wanted to show his gratitude by chanting for her during this Lent period. It is also considered inauspicious to get married or move house during the Lent period, and after the end of the lent period then the calendar is open for weddings.
More photos at my blog post, nyenoona.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/the-buddhist-lent-day-at-wat-greensboro-of-nc/
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