Poh Ming Tse Temple Ullambana 2017
– In Celebration of Filial Love and Parental Gratitude
Origin of Ullambana
Contrary to popular Chinese belief that the 7th lunar month is a period when the gates of hell are thrown open, the Buddhist community observes Ullambana, which falls on the full-moon day of the 7th month, as a day of great joy focusing on two universal virtues: filial love and parental gratitude.
Ullambana originated from one of Buddha’s key disciple Maha Mogallana, who in his deep meditative state saw his late mother reborn as a hungry ghost due to her karmic afflictions. The Buddha advised Mogallana to make offerings to the Sangha members on the full moon day of the 7th lunar month when they came out from their 3-month rainy retreat. With this great merit and the power of the Triple Gem, his mother was liberated from her sufferings.
The Buddha exhorted all his disciples to continue to observe this noble practice for the liberation of suffering for their current parents as well as the parents of their seven past lives.
Today, Ullambana is widely observed by the Buddhist community with the recitation of Buddhist scriptures and making offerings to the Sangha community, in loving memory of departed ancestors and loved ones. At the same time, it is also important that we remember to show filial compassion and gratitude to our parents and elders who are still living for their kindness and sacrifice in bringing us up.
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Poh Ming Tse Temple cordially invites you, your family and friends to Ullambana Dharma Assembly on Tuesday, 5 September 2017. Six Venerables lead us in the recitation of the Compassion Water Samadhi Repentance Sutra and perform “Yan Kou” ritual from 9 am to 7.30 pm.
You can participate by placing memorial tablets, offering flowers and lights and dedicate merits to your departed loved ones.
Please approach our Admin Office for registration or download form on-line and mail it to us. You may also contact us 6466 0785 for further enquiries.