According to Chinese tradition, the 7th lunar month is called Ghost month. It is believed the gates of hell are opened and ghosts and deceased ancestors are free to roam the earth. During this time, rituals and festivals are performed. Family members offer prayers, food, and drink, to help deceased relatives, and also propitiate unknown wandering ghosts to ward off misfortune and disaster.
It is said that this tradition originated when Maudgalyayana asked Shakyamuni Buddha’s help in liberating his deceased mother from suffering. As part of Shakyamuni’s discourse on filial piety, those who wish to practice compassionate filial conduct for the sake of the parents who bore them, as well as for the sake of fathers and mothers of seven generations past, should offer food to Buddha and Sangha on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month.
In keeping with tradition, the Los Angeles Dari Rulai Temple will conduct Dharma rites from July 26 to Aug 10, 2014, every day from the new moon to the full moon on the 7th lunar month.
The rituals performed during this time will help to maintain your connection to and receive blessings from your ancestors who may have attained high spiritual realms, known as ‘ancestral deities’ in some cultures, as well as help extinguish disasters brought about by your deceased relatives who passed away bearing heavy karmas and who are ‘plundering the merits of their descendants’.
Any who wish to pay homage to ancestors can make an offering of $32, $72, $108, $300, $600, $900 etc. Your name will remain on an altar at the Dari Rulai Temple during 2 weeks of daily rites to benefit and pay homage to living and deceased parents, the parents of the past 7 lives, and ancestors in general.
For those who live in the Los Angeles area, bring offerings of food to the temple on the last day of rites (Sunday, Aug 10) to participate in the ceremony.
It is best to submit your name(s), birthdate(s) and offering before July 26, 2014
however, we will accept names up until Aug 10, 2014. Call for further details.
Paying Homage to Ancestors Ceremony
Los Angeles Dari Rulai Temple
148 S. 8th Ave., Suite A
City of Industry, CA 91746
The Dharma Rite begins Saturday July 26, 2014 and ends Sunday Aug 10, 2014
Dharma Rite times:
Please Register By July 26, 2014
If you wish to practice according to the strict discipline outlined in the Ullambana sutra, bring food (not necessary to offer money) offerings to the temple on Sunday, August 10, 2014 and
“They should vow to cause the length of life of the present father and mother to reach a hundred years without illness, without sufferings, afflictions, or worries, and also vow to cause seven generations of fathers and mothers to leave the sufferings of the hungry ghosts, to be born among men and gods, and to have blessings and bliss without limit”.
“those disciples of the Buddha who cultivate filial conduct should in thought after thought, constantly recall their present fathers and mothers when making offerings, as well as the fathers and mothers of seven lives past. Every year, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, they should always, out of filial compassion, recall their parents who bore them and those of seven lives past, and for their sakes perform the offering of the Ullambana basin to the Buddha and the Sangha and thus repay the loving kindness of the parents who raised and nourished themâ€¦.”
Modern western society does not teach people to respect and honor parents, nor to take care of them in their old age. Just go and visit any state run adult care facility, the elders are abandoned, sedated, and left to die lonely and alone. This creates obstacles for their descendants.