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Aug 31, 2008

Ullambana or Hanging the "Lantern of Life" Festival

Buddhists are celebrating this Ullambana festival hanging the “Ksitigarbha Life-Prolonging” Lantern to brighten up the world of all sentient beings.
In many Buddhist scriptures, lanterns and lamps represent the Wisdoms of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As the “Lamp of Continual Light” symbolizes the mind of Enlightenment, therefore, every practitioner in search of liberation contemplates their bodies as the lamp stand, their minds as lamp bow and their faith as lamp wick. The significance of hanging the “Ksitigarbha Life-Prolonging” Lantern during Ullambana Festival is to transmit to all beings the light of powerful vows made by Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.

Life-Prolonging Ksitigarbha is one of the manifestations of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Having taken a vow to help all beings to prolong their life, he blesses one with longer lifespan and avoid premature death. May the supreme virtues and merits of lamp offering bless all beings to obtain happiness, free from suffering, illness, calamities and epidemics, enjoy longevity and may all wishes of sentient beings be fulfilled.

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