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ban going on foot (kinsoku 禁足)

It was customary for wandering ascetics in ancient India to take shelter and cease wandering during the monsoon rainy season. The Buddha is said to have forbade his monk followers to travel on foot during the rains, lest they inadvertently step on and kill worms and insects. →"retreat."