Do Buddhists Have An Observance That Is Similar To Lent In Christianity?


Just as Christ was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness, Buddhists say that the Buddha was tempted by the Mara not to preach enlightenment. So, I was wondering if they had a parallel observance to Lent?

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  • Moi
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
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    Buddhist Lent

    Following the full moon day in July is the beginning of Buddhist lent, which the Buddha assigned to all of his disciples. It is said that Buddhist monks traveled in every season, especially in the rainy season, when sometimes they accidentally stepped on young plants and insects. People complained about this matter and so the Buddha called the monks to a gathering and said, “Behold monks, I grant you all to stay in the monastery in the rainy season.”

    The commentary says that there are two forms of the Buddhist lent; 1. The first one is directly after the full moon day of July. 2. The second one is after the new moon day or a month after the original day.

    The regulation is that all monks have to stay in the temple for three months, they are not supposed to over night anywhere during this time. If, for some unavoidable reason they have to travel, they must catch dawn in the temple. In the case of extreme emergencies or absolutely necessary journeys, they may be away for seven days, before their return.

    There is an ancient tradition that the monks repeat three times saying “I stay in this monastery for three months” this is the Buddhist lent as proclaimed by the Buddha.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Vassa AKA Khao Phansa

    Lent has zero to do with junior in the wilderness. It's a pagan festival that xtians plagiarized.


    Seriously xtians. Why do you give thumbs down to the correct answer. It's pathetic and me such a warm feeling because you just prove to me that you're enraged by my superiority.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    A person can know with certainty the Catholic Church is the One True Church by reciting daily and with care the angelic psalter of the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.

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