Ullambana

The Ullambana Festival is an important Buddhist event, the origins of which can be traced to the “Ullambana Sutra.” Over the centuries, the occasion (known as also the Hungry Ghost Festival) has taken culturally Chinese overtones, the result of the confluence of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian beliefs.

According to the “Ullambana Sutra”, Maudgalyayana, one of the Buddha’s chief disciples, thought of his parents and wondered what had happened to them. By the power of his clairvoyance, he found his father in the heavenly realm. To his dismay, his mother was found in a lower realm known as the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. She could not eat because her throat was very thin and no food could pass through, yet she was perpetually hungry because of her huge stomach. She was reborn in the Realm of Hungry Ghosts because of her miserliness. Maudgalyayana had instructed her to make generous offerings to the Sangha members that she encountered. Instead, she withheld her kindness and her money.

To help his mother, the Buddha instructed Maudgalyayana to make food offerings to the Sangha on the last day of the rainy-season retreat (fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month). The merit gained from this act eventually liberated his mother from her misery. Today, the same ritual is practised in many parts of Asia.

Thekchen Choling observes this Festival for the entire seventh lunar month. Sutra recitations, extensive offerings and food charity rituals are some of the highlights of Thekchen Choling’s Ullambana programme. For many, the highlight of the event is the much-anticipated visit to the cemetery, where Lama lead disciples in performing rituals and making offerings to the dearly departed. In 2010, a rainbow miraculously manifested around the moon as the congregation was in the midst of the food charity rituals.


Ullambana 2019

The Great Compassion and Liberation Ullambana Festival : (31 July – 17 August 2019)
Below is the programme outline of activities that will be held during Ullambana at our temple. Click here for 2019 Registration Form.

Registration is now open.


Programme

1st August – 17th August:
11am – Food Offering before Buddha (Chi)

31st July (Wed):
8pm – Offerings to Avalokitesvara, King of Pretas & Recitation of “88 Buddhas and Amitabha Sutra” (Chi)

1st August (Thu):
12nn – Free Vegetarian Lunch
8pm – Recitation of the “Sutra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Part 1” (Chi)

3rd August (Sat):
2pm – Recitation of the “Sutra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Part 2” (Chi)

4th August (Sun) First Turning of Dharma Wheel Day :
10am – Puja to magnetize auspicious conditions, wealth and quick fulfillment of wishes (Tib)
2pm – Recitation of the “Sutra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Part 3” (Chi)

6th August (Tue):
8pm – Recitation ofThe Great Sutra of Confession that Purifies All Sins Part 1” (Chi)

8th August (Thu):
8pm – Dharma Teaching by Singha Rinpoche

10th August (Sat):
3pm – Food Offering to Ancestors or Past Creditors
4pm – Recitation ofThe Great Sutra of Confession that Purifies All Sins Part 2” (Chi)

11th August (Sun):
3pm – Charity Offering to Hungry Ghosts
4pm – Recitation ofThe Great Sutra of Confession that Purifies All Sins Part 3” (Chi)

15th August (Thu) The Buddha’s Joyful Day :
11am  Grand Offering of Auspicious Ullambana Hampers
12nn – Making Offerings to Sangha
12:30pm – Free Vegetarian Lunch
8pm – Recitation of “88 Buddhas and Usnisha Vijaya Dharani” (Chi)

16th August (Fri):
7pm – Torma Gyatsa, Food Charity to Pretas (Tib)
Note: All participants are advised to be on vegetarian diet and not to take dinner before attending the puja.

17th August (Sat):
10am – Medicine Buddha Jangwa Puja (Tib)
2pm – Recitation of “88 Buddhas and Amitabha Sutra” (Chi)


Completion of Ullambana Event

All Are Welcome!

Great Compassion & Liberation Tablets 

T1 Grand Tablet for the Ancestors
$108 per tablet (up to a maximum of four additional names)

T2 – Tablet for the Dearly Departed
$20 per name

T3 – Grand Tablet for the Past Creditors
$138 per name or company

T4 – Tablet for the Past Creditors
$20 per name

T5 – Tablet for the Unfortunate Unborn (Abortion)
$20 per name
$12 for name bestowed by Singha Rinpoche

T6 – Tablet for the Unfortunate Unborn (Miscarriage)
$20 per name
$12 for name bestowed by Singha Rinpoche

T7 – Tablet for the Beings We Have Eaten or Harmed
$20 per name

Meritorious Grand Offerings

G1- Auspicious Ullambana Hamper
$338 per set (per name / family / company)

In the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha mentioned that on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month, anyone who wishes to benefit their parents of this life and their past seven life times can make offerings to the Buddha and the Noble Sangha. By offering this hamper, you accumulate vast merits for your parents and yourself.
Offering ceremony will be on 15 Aug (Thur) @11am

G2 – Meritorious Food Offering to Buddhas
$128 per set (per name / family / company)

G3 – Radiant Light Offering to Buddhas
$98 per light (per name / family / company)
*Specially offered on The first turning of the Wheel of Dharma Day, 4 Aug (Sun)*

G4 – Auspicious Incense Offering to Buddha
$88 per set (per name / family / company)

G5 – Prosperity Food Offering to Ancestors
$328 per table (per name / family)
Offering ceremony will be on 10 Aug (Sat) @3pm

G6 – Abundance Food Offering to Past Creditors
$328 per table (per name / 2 names / company)
Offering ceremony will be on 10 Aug (Sat) @3pm

G7 – Bountiful Food Charity to Hungry Ghosts
$198 per table (per name / family / company)
Offering ceremony will be on 11 Aug (Sun) @3pm

 

Blessings & Offerings

B1 – Daily Food Offerings Before All Buddhas
$30 per name

B2 – Offerings to Avalokitesvara King of Pretas
(Especially recommended for people who are prone to spirit harms.)
$12 per name
31 July (Wed) @ 8pm

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