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Ullumbana Ceremony at Can Mon Pagoda - Nghe An Province.

Update: 08/08/2014
As a part of the Buddhist trip to the middle of Vietnam in the Ullumbana season, on 7th August 2014 (12th Jul, year of the Horse), Senior Venerable Thich Chan Tinh came to Can Mon Pagoda (An Phap Temple), Quynh Phuong Ward, Hoang Mai town, Nghe An province to witness the Ullmbana Ceremony in response to the invitation of Junior Venerable Thich Tam Hieu.
 

Ullumbana Ceremony at Can Mon Pagoda - Nghe An Province.

 
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At 9 o'clock, all of the Buddhists were holding their hands\r\nin front of their chests solemnly and standing into two lines facing each other\r\nto welcome the Venerable and the Monks who were heading towards the hall to\r\nwitness and celebrate the Ullumbana Ceremony. To start the ceremony, the\r\nteenage Buddhists on behalf of the participants sang a song in chorus to pay\r\ntribute to Buddha and create auspicious conditions on the occasion.

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After the performance, the Buddhists were filled with various emotions about\r\ntheir parental love when listening to the speech of Ms. Ngoc Dung regarding the\r\nmeaning of pinning a red rose on the shirt. The rose symbolizes romantic love\r\nbut on this occasion, it is representative of parental love towards their\r\nchildren, and, conversely, children pour out their hearts toward their parents.\r\nThen, there was a moment of silence in order to remember the debts we owe our\r\nparents. After that, the roses were pinned on the shirts of the children who\r\nstayed calm and turned their heart toward their parents. The sweet songs and\r\nsweet voices about moms and dads were on which made it a meaningful part of the\r\nCeremony.

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 Being Buddhists, following the filial piety example of Venerable\r\nMoggallana, on behalf of the participants, the teenage Buddhists of Can Mon\r\nPagoda offered things to the honored monks with all respect. Senior Ven. Thich\r\nChan Tinh representing all the monks appreciated the Buddhists' noble spirit of\r\nfilial piety and their commitment to making merit offerings to The Three\r\nJewels.

At the end of the Ceremony, The Ven. advised everyone to highly value their\r\nparents' love towards them. He added, "We should be forever grateful to\r\nour parents for giving us life and raising us. As Buddhists, we have to follow\r\nthe example of the Buddha, especially the great one of Venerable Moggalana. "On the other side, the Venerable had also complimentedlocal government\r\ndelegations on their deep support concern.  In a more explanation\r\nabout the history of Ly - Tran dynasties, Venerable had emphasized the\r\ninfluence of Buddhism to the country's destiny in which Buddhism was supposed\r\nto make a major contribution to  the long-term survival of these two\r\ndynasties. He also suggested that "Therefore, once we are fortunate to\r\nbecome Buddhists and study the teachings of the Tathagata, we must practice\r\ndiligently to obtain the peace and the happiness in the present and the\r\nliberation in the future." Finally, the Venerable wished the guests and\r\nall of the Buddhists an Ullumbana season full of filial piety.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n

There were so many flowers from other pagodas, individuals,\r\norganizations sent to the ceremony in the wish for its best success.

Next, on behalf of the organizers, Senior Venerable Thich Tam Hieu, Abbot of\r\nthe Can Mon Phap pagoda, the chief organizer, had expressed his gratitude to\r\nthe monks in place as well as the delegates and all the Buddhists who attended\r\nand made significant contribution to the   success of the ceremony.

\r\nFinally was the ceremony of incense offering to the Buddhas. All of the\r\nBuddhists single-mindedly chanted the sutra to pray for the dead and the\r\nliving, wishing that all enjoyed the festival immensely.

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The Ceremony was finished in everybody's delight.

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Below are some recorded pictures:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Translated into English by Ho Truc Ly.

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