This Saturday, Sept 3
- Recitation of the Ksitigarbha SutraCome at 9.30am if you want to help set up offeringsRecitation starts at 10amAt the big Ksitigarbha Statue, top of hillIt is commonly observed in the months of Aug - Sept. Ullambana is a transliteration of the Sanskrit word meaning deliverance from suffering. In the Buddhist Calendar, the Ullambana Festival specifically refers to the salvation of anguished beings in the Hells. Traditionally on this day, offerings and prayers are made and all the merits accumulated are dedicated to the deceased (no matter how long ago they had passed away). One main practice during this time is the practice of Ksitigarbha.About the Ksitigarbha SutraThe Sutra is fundamentally a teaching concerning karmic, graphically describing the consequences one creates by committing undesirable actions. This is especially for the benefit of future beings in the Dharma-Ending Age in order to help these beings avoid making the mistakes that will cause them to be reborn in a low condition. With this motivation, the sutra is a discourse given by the Buddha in praise of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha and his heroic Vow, and of the benefits one can receive from worshipping Ksitigarbha and by reading the sutra.
Presented in the form of a dialogue between the Buddha and Ksitigarbha, the teaching takes place in a certain heaven called Trayastrimsa, where the Buddha went so that he might repay the kindness of his mother who dwelt there by speaking the Dharma on her behalf. Hence, the sutra also deals with filial responsibility - not only that between oneself and one's parents, but also in an ultimate sense of a universal code of duty or responsibility for all living beings, all of whom a Bodhisattva regards with the same kindness, consideration and respect that one should accord to one's own parents.Throughout the sutra Buddha is concerned for the future beings of the Dharma-Ending Age, and trusts that through Ksitigarbha's divine power, the Bodhisattva will be able to help these beings attain liberation even during this difficult Age - which is the reason his sutra is to be revealed at this time. The Buddha ends his discourse by praising Kshitigarbha before the assembly, entrusting all future beings in the heavens and the worlds to him - proclaiming that any future person who reads the Sutra or who worships Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha will earn extraordinary merits, and ultimately, Buddhahood.Next Two teachings on Ksitigarbha - on Sutrasby Rev Heng SureSept 21, 7pmNov 16, 7pmWednesday evening