Ancestors Remembrance Ullambana Service 2014
Honoring Our Ancestors
Year 2557 B.E.
Why Do We Do Ullambana Ancestors Remembrance Service?
You! The spiritual service - Ullambana Remembrance - is for you because of love, compassion and service. You may face perplexing situations in your life because of the lack of paying respect and remembrance to your ancestors and predecessors.
Dechan Jueren made the point over the years that lack of respect and remembrance to our ancestors and predecessors undermines the spiritual foundation of a lot of people today.
You are the product of your root nature plus your root foundation. Your root nature is the soul and the experiences of your soul's journey. Your root foundation is the combination of all of your parents’ emotions, experiences, and idiosyncrasies up to the moment of your conception.
Your parents also have their parents and so on and so forth. You have a lot of ancestors in so many generations. Every little good deed your ancestors have done add up to a lot of good karma for the descendants. In order to make that connection to your ancestors' good karma, or your root foundation, you must remember your ancestors. As the Diamond Sutra puts, "To have this human birth is in itself a rare merit!"
Fulfill the full potential of your good birth.
In modern times, you may move a lot, and therefore may have lost touch with your family and your ancestors. Pandit advises everyone, if you can, whatever your belief, do visit your parents, or if your parents have passed, do visit their burial places. If you are not able to do so, then that is why we do the service - Ullambana Remembrance.
Across many faiths and cultures, offering prayers for those who have passed on is thought of as one of the greatest acts of charity and kindness. Even if we never knew them, our ancestors have contributed to our lives as much as those we have had the chance to know and love. Let us come together to pay our respects and give thanks to them all by offering incense and praying for their eternal happiness.
Ullambana is celebrated throughout Asia. It is believed that the gates of Hell are opened on the first day of the seventh lunar month and the ghosts may visit the world for fifteen days or until the full moon. Food offerings are made during this time to relieve the sufferings of these ghosts. On the fifteenth day, Ullambana or Ancestor Day, people may make offerings to the departed ancestors.
It was Amoghavajra who popularized Ullambana Rite in China. This ceremony can help you clear karmic hindrance and can also improve your personal Feng Shui. Read about Feng Shui Knowledge here.
How Do We Do Ullambana?
We, Vajracharyas, Dharma Masters and disciples of Dechan Jueren, will conduct the Ullambana Dharma Rite, honoring our ancestors and predecessors. The spiritual service will be held in the Five Wisdom Buddha Temple in Taiwan. The temple was named by Dechan Jueren. The temple houses an antique statue of Guan-Yin, or the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The Guan-Yin statue is from the Tang dynasty era, so it is over 1000 years old.
Ancestors Ascension Prayer
Your name will be written on a name plate and placed in the Thousand Lamp Buddha Tower in the temple for twelve months. The names will be written, along with the Manjusri Yantras, on a Sky Lantern for special blessings. Yes, there are more yantras than just those in the Ucchushma. The sky lantern will be set free to ascend to heaven carrying your remembrance to your ancestors.
This is the first and maybe the only time that Pandit will provide such a service.
How Do I Sign Up?
If you wish to be a patron of the rite and have your name on the Buddha Tower and the Sky Lantern with Manjusri Yantras blessings, simply send your full name, birth year, city and country of residence...
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