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Pavarana Day/Sangha Day

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In India, where Buddhism began, there is a three-month-long rainy season.

According to the Vinaya (Mahavagga, Fourth Khandhaka, section I), in the time of the Buddha, once during this

 

rainy season, a group of normally wandering monks sought shelter by co-habitating in a residence. In order to minimize potential inter-personal strife while co-habitating, the monks agreed to remain silent for the entire three months and agreed upon a non-verbal means for sharing alms.

After this rains retreat, when the Buddha learned of the monks' silence, he described such a measure as "foolish."

Instead, the Buddha instituted the Pavarana Ceremony as a means for dealing with potential conflict and breaches of disciplinary rules (Patimokkha) during the vassa season.

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