Ullambana Festival – Talk by Master Sheng Yen

The original idea of Ullambana, based on the story of “Mahamaudgalyayana saving his Mother” and meaning “rescuing those who are hanging upside-down”, was to deliver the dead through the merit of making offerings to the monks who completed a three-month summer retreat. Over time, this practice has evolved into the Hungry Ghost Festival, an occasion celebrated in many countries in Asia.

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