Ullambana Festival 2020: Increase Merit, Remove Obstacles

30 August 2020 - 9:15pm Comments Off

The Buddhist Ullambana Festival at Kechara Forest Retreat offers you an opportunity to honour your ancestors & dearly departed, send protection & merits to your loved ones, and offer your compassion to all suffering beings, just as the Buddha taught in the Ullambana Sutra. Sharing many similarities with the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, this period for honouring ancestors is observed by Buddhists from all traditions with offerings of feasts and prayers for the deceased. It also marks the end of the Buddhist Lent, Vassa.

Maudgalyayana, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s chief disciples, saw with his clairvoyance that his beloved mother had been reborn as a Hungry Ghost (preta) in the lower realms. She had a thin long neck, a huge belly and was always starving. When he tried to feed her, the food he offered turned into burning coals as soon as it touched her tiny mouth.

Distressed, he sought Buddha’s advice on how best to liberate his mother from such a woeful state. Buddha advised Maudgalyayana to make extensive offerings to the Sangha on the 15th day of the 7th month, saying:

“Your mother’s offences are deep and firmly rooted. You alone do not have enough power… The awesome spiritual power of the assembled Sangha of the ten directions is necessary for liberation to be attained.”

This was the beginning of the Buddhist Ullambana Festival.


Ullambana 2020 @ KFR

Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month from August 19 to September 16, 2020.

The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery, happening on Saturday September 5th to generate merits and remove obstacles.

Extensive offerings and prayers will be prepared for the puja, just like how it is done traditionally in the monastery


Event Programme

10.00 am – 12.30 pm: Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits
2.30 pm – 5.00 pm: Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings

With the coronavirus pandemic causing huge challenges to the economy and wellbeing worldwide, it is more crucial now to engage in virtuous, merit-generating activities so that the global crisis can be resolved quickly. The morning starts with a Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja that draws upon the powerful wealth-attracting energies of Gyenze, the increase form of Dorje Shugden, to swiftly increase lifespan, material resources, merit, spiritual realisations, and all that is good. Gyenze’s puja can help improve your financial situation, bring you inner wealth, and create the causes for you to be free from spiritual and material poverty.

In the afternoon, a Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja will be performed to draw upon the intense, ferocious and swift energies of Trakze, the most wrathful form of Dorje Shugden. Trakze’s puja offers powerful protection from harm, accidents, unseen beings, spirit disturbances and black magic, purifies heavy negative karma and overcomes the most challenging obstacles.


Ullambana Offerings

Memorial and dedication tablets at Ullambana in Kechara Forest Retreat

We know that everyone’s needs are different. That’s why we have prepared a selection of traditional Ullambana tablets and offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life.

All offerings will be made on your behalf during the Ullambana Festival at Kechara Forest Retreat, with prayers and merits dedicated as you have named during our Grand Ullambana Pujas on September 5, 2020.

Get your Ullambana offerings in person at Kechara Forest Retreat, Kechara House or order online at your convenience via VajraSecrets.com.


Ullambana candle offerings at Kechara Forest Retreat


Ullambana Offerings & Dedications

  • 1 x Ullambana Standard Dedication Tablet (1 name per tablet)
  • 1 x light offering

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Ullambana Standard Offering

  • 6 x Ullambana Standard Dedication Tablet (1 name per tablet)
  • 1 x 1 ft incense offering

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Ullambana Bronze Offering

  • 2 x Ullambana Bronze Sponsor Dedication Tablets (10 names per tablet)
  • 3 x 2.5 ft incense offerings

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Ullambana Silver Offering

  • 2 x Ullambana Silver Sponsor Dedication Tablets (20 names per tablet)
  • 1 x 8 ft dragon incense offering
  • 30 days of light offerings

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Ullambana Gold Offering

  • 2 x Ullambana Gold Sponsor Dedication Tablets (40 names per tablet)
  • 3 x 8 ft dragon incense offering
  • 30 days of light offerings
  • 3 days of smoke offerings & obstacle-clearing prayers by a Kechara pastor

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Ullambana Grand Offering

  • Online acknowledgement of sponsors
  • 1 x Ullambana Grand Sponsor Dedication Tablet
  • 8 x 8 ft dragon incense offering
  • Grand Ullambana Puja flower and food offerings
  • Sponsor’s dedication read aloud during the Grand Ullambana Pujas
  • 1 x Limited Edition Panglung Oracle Wealth Vase

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What’s Next?

For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner at VajraSecrets.com.

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