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.
The Origins of Ullambana
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 2021 @ KFR
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month from August 8 to September 6, 2021.
With Covid-19 causing huge challenges to our physical, mental and financial wellbeing, it’s more crucial than ever to engage in virtuous, merit-generating activities. And since you may not be able to come to the temple for Ullambana, you can participate online via livestream.
The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas on August 22 (Sunday) to generate merits and remove obstacles according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. 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.
We have 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 22 August 2021.
ULLAMBANA STANDARD OFFERING | RM98 (save RM32)
- 6 x Standard Dedication Tablet (1 NAME PER TABLET)
- 1 x 1ft Incense Offering
ULLAMBANA BRONZE OFFERING | RM388 (save RM126)
- 2 x Bronze Sponsor Dedication Tablet (10 NAMES PER TABLET)
- 3 x 2.5ft Incense Offering
ULLAMBANA SILVER OFFERING | RM888 (save RM312)
- 2 x Silver Sponsor Dedication Tablet (20 NAMES PER TABLET)
- 1 x 8ft Dragon Incense Offering
- 30 days of Light Offering
ULLAMBANA GOLD OFFERING | RM2,888 (save RM876)
- 2 x Gold Sponsor Dedication Tablet (40 NAMES PER TABLET)
- 3 x 8ft Dragon Incense Offering
- 30 days of Light Offering
- 3 days of Smoke Offering with Pastor Service
ULLAMBANA PRAYER DEDICATION | RM30
- 1 x Standard Dedication Tablet (1 NAME PER TABLET)
- 1 x Light Offering
A LA CARTE OFFERINGS
- Light Offering RM10
- 1ft Incense Offering RM10
- 1ft Dragon Incense Offering (set of 3) RM38
- Ullambana Dedication Tablet RM30
- Wishfulfilling Crystal Gyenze RM200
- 8ft Dragon Incense Offering RM300
- Smoke Offering with Pastor Service RM388
- Ullambana Puja Sponsorship Any Amount
To learn more about our Ullambana offering service and to pre-order your package, get in touch with us at +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only) or visit our online partner VajraSecrets.com. Available until 5 September, 5pm (GMT+8).