Rains Retreat History
(Personal Retreats at DSMC- The Tradition)
The Rains Retreat is basically a three-month period where monks do not travel away from one location for more than 6 days, and any travel has to be for Dhamma purposes only. Monastics respecting the Rains remain in one place to concentrate on the teachings of the Buddha. Monastics teach others and take in-depth retreats, sometimes, themselves. Novices often come in for temporary retreats during this time.