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snow retreat (setsu ango 雪安居)

Literally "tranquil" (an 安) "shelter" (go 居) during the season of "snow" (setsu 雪). Also called winter retreat (tō ango 冬安居). The ninety day snow retreat, which is held in addition to the ninety day rains retreat (u ango 雨安居, S. varśavāsa) that originated in ancient India, was probably an innovation of the Buddhist monastic order in Central Asia or China. →"retreat."