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#DoMore to honour your dearly departed, gain protection and merits, and make peace with your karmic debtors, just as Buddha taught in the Ullambana Sutra. Sponsor a blessed Lama Chopa Tsog and powerful Gyabshi ritual through the Ullambana Puja Fund, and enjoy these benefits and much more!
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The Ullambana Festival celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni's advice to his close disciple Mahamaudgalyayana in the Ullambana Sutra, which includes the following instructions:

"On the 15th day of the 7th month, offerings of fruits and other food, along with the burning of incense and candles are to be made with mantras and prayers at an altar. Only then will the ancestors who have passed into lower realms be released from their suffering."

Furthermore, the Buddha taught his disciples to:

“...pray that their present parents will have a lifespan of one hundred years, free of illness and all kinds of suffering, and that their parents of the past seven generations may be free from the suffering of the realm of hungry ghosts and be born in the realm of heavenly beings (devas) which is accompanied by infinite happiness and pleasure.”

Thus, it is no surprise that the word “Ullambana” can be translated as “deliverance from suffering.”

This popular Buddhist tale on the importance of filial piety later became known in China as ‘Mulian Saves His Mother From Hell.’ In the centuries after it was introduced, the tale was absorbed by Chinese folk religion and eventually became the Hungry Ghost Festival we know today — an occasion for showing reverence to one’s ancestors and to placate the spirits of the deceased.

This year, on August 27th, Kechara will be celebrating the Ullambana Festival at Kechara Forest Retreat with two powerful pujas conducted on the day. In the morning, a Lama Chopa Tsog, which is in essence a practice of making offerings and requests to the Buddhas and lineage gurus who represent the path to liberation, complete with bountiful food offerings for celestial and unseen beings.

In the afternoon, a Gyabshi puja — an elaborate ritual during which 400 grand offerings are made to generate an overwhelming amount of positive energy for powerful protection and to clear the most dangerous obstacles including those relating to health, financial or supernatural causes.

#DoMore to honour your dearly departed, make peace with your karmic debtors, gain protection and accumulate merits by inviting the benefits from these two ‘Ullambana Pujas.’

Dedicate this virtuous act to your dearly departed to relieve them of their suffering and create the conditions for their swift and fortunate rebirth, or dedicate to:
  • Your loved ones who are still with you, to overcome obstacles and help illuminate their spiritual path in this and future lives.
  • Stillborn children for an auspicious rebirth
  • Repay karmic debtors, who may create mischief if not pacified

Product Details

  • Lama Chopa Tsog: 10am-12noon (GMT+8), 27 August 2017
  • Gyabshi: 2pm-4pm (GMT+8), 27 August 2017
  • Includes a Giant Dedication Tablet for the entire 7th lunar month placed at Wisdom Hall in Kechara Forest Retreat, inscribed with the dedication of your choice


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