As part of its goal to offer increased training for novice monks, LBDFI- India sponsored a Vassa retreat for 108 monks during the three month rains retreat of 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the monks practiced chanting and meditation during the day, and received instruction in Buddhist history. In 2008, alongside the training in Pali chanting, participants also received training in colloquial English.

It is hoped that the participants in these retreats will eventually become monks capable of teaching the Dharma in the rural heartland of India.