The Hungry Ghost Festival (盂蘭節)
The Hungry Ghost festival will be starting on the 14th night of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is August 9, 2014. The above day is mostly applied to Chinese people from southern part of China but people from other parts will have the Hungry Ghost night on August 10, 2014. The seventh month (Chinese Lunar calendar) of each year in Asia especially in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong is known as the Hungry Ghost month, which will start July 27 until August 24, 2014.
It is believe that during this time of the year the gates of the underworld are opened, allowing ghosts to roam the earth. Some ghosts are the forgotten souls who are held in limbo in the underworld, so they are continually in a state of unrest. Some are the ghosts and spirits of deceased ancestors. The ghosts will come out from the lower realm (地獄) from the Northeast of the planet. During this month, in Chinese culture, the living descendants will offer incense, burn items made from paper mache such as: clothes, “gold bar”, appliances; and offer food to the deceased ancestors.
Traditional Chinese opera will perform at midnight during this month in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The front row will be kept empty for the spirits. Buddhists will perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased.
Incense should be offer to the spirits nightly from August 9, 2014 until August 15, 2014. The Incense Offering Ritual is a very POWERFUL way to remove obstacles caused by wandering and local spirits of the land. You can light incense at the front or back of the house after dusk. Light up sweet smelling incense like kemenyen incense or burn sandalwood incense cups filled with Spirit Incense Powder, Protector Incense Powder, Purifying Incense Powder, or Medicine or Green Tara Incense Powder. When offering incense to your local landlord and spirits, please recite the following mantra:
“NAMAH SARVA TATHAGATHA AVALOKITE OM SAMBHARA SAMBHARA HUNG.”
In the United States, the Land of Medicine Buddha, in California, will host the Ksitigarbha Festival on the last day of the Hungry Ghost month – August 24, 2014. The Ksitigarbha cares for beings that have been reborn in the unfavorable states of rebirths. The Ksitigarbha made a sacred commitment to help beings out of suffering, vowing:
“Until the hells are empty, I vow not to become a Buddha. Only after all living beings are saved, will I myself attain Bodhi.”
If possible, you should invite the Ksitigarbha, also known as the Earth Buddha, to your home, to protect from natural disasters. Below is also an excellent mantra to recite when you are in a situation of natural disasters such as earthquake or if someone passes away.
“OM AH KSHITI GARBHA THALENG HUM.”
In addition to incense rituals, it is a good idea to beef up your “feng shui security” by strengthening the protective energy of the home as a precaution against any malefic wandering spirits or spirits who have ill intentions. This can be done by placing the right guardian images or specific mantra plaques like the Universal Tortoise Mantra plaque in the four cardinal directions and near your entrance areas. If possible, always wear some kind of cosmic protection on your body like protective medallion, the Gesar of Ling Mantra Ring or the Purification Ring. Make sure that these mantras touches your body, as this is what ensures your body does not get hurt.
1. Chung Kwei is the famous Chinese “ghost catcher” and it is believed that his image will chase all wandering spirits away; thus invite Chung Kwei into your homes as he personifies powerful protection against evil and disturbing ghostly influences. He can also be carry as an amulet especially by those who goes out at night.
2. Hang the Long Mantra of Avalokiteshvara Plaque at the entry. Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin) is the Bodhisattba of Infinite Compassion. This plaque is incredible powerful for disarming strong hostile energy.
3. The Wish Fulfilling Kalachakra Plaque, Kalachakra Stupa or Kalachakra Amulet contains the Mandala of the Kalachakra, a potent symbol of protection against loss and bad intentions. Place this near your entrance where you can see it as you enter the home to safe guard your possessions and the safety of your loved ones. It is also a good idea to carry the Kalachakra Card in your wallet for protection outside of the home.
5. An easy way to stay protected against mischievous spirits or bad feng shui is to put on sacred scarves that have been empowered with protective mantras. If you are traveling, wear the Heart Sutra Scarf or the Anti-Burglary Scarf to ensure that you are protected while you are not within the confines of your own home.
6. Invite in the protective power of the White Umbrella Goddess. The White Umbrella Goddess, Sitatapatra, is a powerful goddess who carries the victorious parasol that shields and protects from all forms of catastrophes, diseases, spirit harm and misfortune. Hang her mantra plaque or place her mirror by the entry way. It is also very auspicious to carry her card.
7. Display the image of Guru Rinpoche or hang the powerful mantra of Guru Rinpoche to dispel all hindrances and all obstacles. This powerful mantra will bring you much blessings and grant all your wishes. He is also know as the Lotus Buddha who has the power to tame all demons and keep your household safe from any spiritual harm.
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