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07/10/2020 03:28
Summer retreat for Khmer Buddhists in Soc Trang started
Lay Buddhist offers large candles to for summer retreat

This year three-month summer retreat for Khmer Buddhists in Vietnam South in general and Soc Trang in particular is taking place from July 6 to October 2 (the 15th of the sixth lunar month to the 15th of the nineth lunar month).

The summer retreat has an important meaning for Khmer monks and lay Buddhists. According to the Buddhist tradition, the Retreat is often held in the rainy season. During the annual summer retreat, Khmer monks gather at pagodas for Buddhist studies and practice together for spiritual development and enlightenment

The summer retreat is also a favorite occasion for young Khmer Buddhists to enter pagodas for studying and practicing Buddhism, so as to pay debts of gratitude to the parents.

During the reatreat, lay Khmer Buddhists often offers large candle sticks to pagodas for making merits and praying for peace, prosperity and happiness in the family.

This year, many Khmer pagodas in Soc Trang, including Serey Ta Mon Pagoda managed by Ven. Abbot Trần Văn Tha in Tran De District, have asked lay Buddhists not to offer too many candles, especially big candle sticks, in order to save money for more practical purposes, such as building cultural facilities within pagodas, and to avoid fire risks.

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Summer retreat for Khmer Buddhists in Soc Trang startedThe summer retreat has an important meaning for Khmer monks and lay Buddhists. According to the Buddhist tradition, the Retreat is often held in the rainy season. During the annual summer retreat, Khmer monks gather at pagodas for Buddhist studies and practice
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