Shaolin honors the dead and ancestors at Ullambana Festival

发布日期:2011-08-14   字体大小:   



Ven. Abbot is worshipping and chanting in honor of ancestors and the deceased



The Sangha of Shaolin Temple chants sutra to observe the Ullambana Festival



Ullambana Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar, which falls on August 14 this year. Sunday Morning, Ven. Abbot Yongxin and the Sangha assembled at Mahavira Hall and together chanted for the liberation of ancestors, deceased parents and relatives from reborn in the lower realms (Pretas).



---About Ullambana Festival

The festival is originated from the The Ullambana Sutra, a Mahayana sutra which consists of a brief discourse given by the Gautama Buddha principally to the monk Maudgalyāyana on the practice of filial piety.
In the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha instructs his disciple Mahāmaudgalyāyana on how to obtain liberation for his mother, who had been reborn into a lower realm, by making food offerings to the Sangha on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. This practice is the basis of the ceremony in honor of one's ancestors.

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