Ullambana 2018: Respect for ancestors. Compassion for everyone

4 July 2018 - 5:56am Comments Off

The Ullambana Festival is how Buddhists express their respect for their ancestors and their compassion for all beings suffering in the realms of misery. It all began as a filial son’s wish to liberate his deceased mother from suffering.

According to the Ullambana Sutra, 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.

When Maudgalyayana tried to feed his mother, the food he offered turned into burning coals as soon as it touched her tiny mouth.

Distressed, he sought the Buddha’s advice on how to liberate his mother from such a woeful state. The Buddha said,

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.

The Buddha then advised Maudgalyayana to make extensive offerings to the Sangha on the 15th day of the 7th month, as the best way to relieve the sufferings of others is by dedicating oceans of merits to them. The offerings recommended by the Buddha included food, incense, candles, robes, beds and bedding, all of the best quality. This was the beginning of the Buddhist Ullambana Festival.


Ullambana 2018 @ Kechara

Ullambana 2017 that was celebrated in Kechara Forest Retreat.

This year, we will be holding double Ullambana celebrations with meritorious programmes lined up at Kechara House in Petaling Jaya and Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Pahang. Join us for this special festival with your family and friends to make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month.

Date & Venue

  • Friday, 24 August 2018 @ Kechara House
  • Saturday, 25 August 2018 @ Kechara Forest Retreat

Programme

  • 9:30am – 12:00pm : Grand Ullambana Puja (Medicine Buddha)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm : Dharma Talk
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm : Complimentary Refreshments
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm : Lama Chopa Puja with Food Offerings

Two powerful pujas have been scheduled for both days. In the morning, the Grand Ullambana Puja based on the Medicine Buddha ritual showers powerful blessings on our ancestors, provides powerful physical, mental and emotional healing for the living, and purifies the karma of unfortunate beings suffering in the lower realms.

In the afternoon, a Lama Chopa Tsok — a Guru Puja ritual with food offerings to the celestial and unseen beings — generates tremendous merits and immeasurable positive results for both secular and spiritual life.

You can also join the Ullambana recitations held daily in Kechara Forest Retreat at 2:00pm from 11th to 24th August 2018.

Lama Chopa Tsok


Ullambana Offering Packages

We know that everyone’s needs are different. Our carefully curated offering bundles will help you gain maximum benefit, protection, blessings and merits during the auspicious Ullambana month for yourself, your loved ones, your ancestors and all sentient beings.

Get yours in person at Kechara House/Kechara Forest Retreat or order online from the convenience of your home via VajraSecrets.com.

Small Dedication Tablet

RM10

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Medium Dedication Tablet

RM50

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Ullambana Remembrance Package

RM200

  • Medium Dedication Tablet with flower posy x 1
  • Holy Walk Light Offering: 1 set of 10 candles
  • Food offerings to the Three Jewels

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Ullambana Auspicious Package

RM200

  • Medium Dedication Tablet with flower posy x 1
  • Holy Walk Light Offering: 1 set of 10 candles
  • Incense (sang) offering to the Three Jewels

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Ullambana Family Package

RM550

  • Medium Dedication Tablet with flower posy x 3
  • Holy Walk Light Offering: 3 sets of 10 candles
  • Food offerings to the Three Jewels
  • Incense (sang) offering to the Three Jewels

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Ullambana Ultimate Package

RM2000

  • Large Dedication Tablet with flower posy x 3
  • Holy Walk Light Offering: 3 sets of 10 candles
  • Food offerings to the Three Jewels
  • Incense (sang) offering to the Three Jewels
  • Monk robe offering to the Sangha
  • Daily Ullambana puja recitation from 11th – 24th August
  • Special Obstacle Removing Puja x 1

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Ullambana Corporate Package

RM5000

  • Large Dedication Tablet with flower posy x 5
  • Holy Walk Light Offering: 10 sets of 10 candles
  • Food offerings to the Three Jewels
  • Incense (sang) offering to the Three Jewels
  • Daily Ullambana puja recitation from 11th – 24th August
  • Special Obstacle Removing Puja x 1
  • Wealth Vase (medium) x 1

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Your dedication tablets will placed in Kechara Forest Retreat and offered to the Three Jewels throughout the entire 7th lunar month.

For more information on Ullambana Festival day programmes and our offering bundles, please get in touch with us at +603 7803 3908, +609 222 3880, +6012 987 3908, email care@kechara.com or visit VajraSecrets.com.

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