Papadesana is a Sanskrit term that translates as “the revealing of wrongdoing”; with papa, meaning “evil” or “sin” and desana, meaning “lesson” or “discourse.” It is the confession of sins, appraising of one’s shortcomings and the resolution to overcome them.

Unlike confession in Catholicism, papadesana is not an appeal for absolution or a sacrament, nor does anyone act as a confessor. For Buddhist monks, there is an official occasion for confession, but no such ceremony exists for laypeople.

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