Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder, you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; your ridge-pole is demolished too. My mind has now attained the unformed nirvana and reached the end of every kind of craving. (Dh. 153-54.)

3 months Vassa (rain retreat) Invitation 2019


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The annual 3-month vassa rainy retreat is held from 6thto 9thlunar month.  During this time, the bhikkhus should reside in a monastery to study the dhamma-vinaya and to advance their practice in the cultivation of mind.

This is an ancient old Buddhist tradition, for bhikkhus do not travel during the rainy retreat to avoid unintentionally harming crops, insects, or put themselves in danger in the wet weather.  Instead, bhikkhus should dedicate their time to focus on cultivation of mind and dhamma-vinaya studies.

Vassa provides an opportunity for dhamma supporters to support the sangha’s cultivation by contributing 4 allowable requisites.  We welcome your support and rejoice in the Sangha’s practice during the vassa retreat, for the benefits of many, and for the continuation of the Buddha-sasana. 

Vassa 2019 period: 18 July 2019 (Thursday) to 13 October 2019 (Sunday)

Venue: Brahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre, Melaka

To visit Brahmavihara or offer meals and allowable requisites to the Sangha during Vassa, please contact Bro. Chew in advance: 019 657 3161

Whatsapp: 014 294 8549