Lessons on Filial Piety from the Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra

The seventh lunar month is also known as the Auspicious Month of Filial Piety. During this month, devotees participate in different pujas and make offerings to remember and honour ancestors and deceased loved ones. The Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Puja conducted during the Auspicious Month of Filial Piety is based on the Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra (the filial piety sutra). The stories and teachings within invites devotees to reflect on their relationship with their parents and their duty towards them.

The sutra contains two stories of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva's past lives and how his acts of filial piety saved his mothers from hell and inspired him to become a Bodhisattva:

In one of his past lives, his deceased mother was disparaging towards the Triple Gem while the other enjoyed killing and slandering. These actions caused both his deceased mothers to accumulate enough negative karma to fall into hell. In a bid to save them, he made continual prayers and offerings to the Buddha. The merits he accumulated through his filial actions were enough to help both his mothers escape hell, with one being reborn into the heavenly realm and the other eventually attaining Buddhahood. In both lives, he also learned about the endless torture that beings endure in hell, and vows to liberate all beings of suffering and cultivate Buddhahood. With those noble vows, he becomes Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. 

Within the sutra, Buddha’s mother, Lady Maya, asks Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva the retributions of beings who created negative karma. Ksitigarbha lists the actions that would cause one to fall into hell – failure to be filial is first on the list. He noted that people who have not been filial to their parents or caused harm to them, would pass on from natural disasters and fall into Endless Hell, an inescapable hell realm. They would be subjected to eternal suffering, and chances of being reborn in higher realms would be extremely difficult. 

The sutra leaves instructions on how devotees can help alleviate deceased parents and loved ones from suffering in the afterlife. Accumulated merits from 7 days of continual prayer to Ksitigarghba Bodhisattva will allow them to be reborn in the heavenly realms and enjoy eternal bliss. 

In the sutra, the Buddha describes that dedicating merit towards their own family would benefit the family for a few generations. The sutra also reminds devotees that expanding their dedication of merit towards all sentient beings in the Dharma world would bring about uncountable merits. 

From 18 August to 26 August, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery will conduct a 9-day Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Puja. Venerables will lead devotees in chanting The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra, praying for world peace, the liberation of the deceased and blessings for the living. Join us in this meaningful event to pay gratitude to our parents and deceased loved ones by dedicating the merits from this chanting to end their suffering and for their rebirth in the heavenly realms. 
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  • 日期 / Date:2022年8月18日至8月26日(农历七月廿一至廿九)| 18 to 26 August 2022
    第一组:2022年8月18日至20日 (农历七月廿一至廿三)
    第二组:2022年8月21日至23日 (农历七月廿四至廿六)
    第三组:2022年8月24日至26日 (农历七月廿七至廿九)
  • 时间 / Time :晚上8时至9时30分 | 8pm — 9.30pm
  • 地点 / Venue :无相殿 | Hall of No Form

供灯—线上报名 • Light Offering - Online Registration

Note: Staff will light and offer candles on sponsor’s behalf

$8 ( 一盏灯一个名字 | 1 candle with 1 sponsor name)
线上报名 Online

日期 / Date:2022年8月26日 | 26 August 2022
时间 / Time:7时30分至9时30分 | 7.30pm – 9.30pm
地点  /Venue:无相殿  | Hall of No Form

询问 / Enquiry:6849 5326 |

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Online Pledge of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Name Chant
地藏菩萨圣号 – 线上念诵修持

Reciting Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s name accrues immeasurable merits for you and your loved ones. In the coming seventh month of the lunar calendar, also known as the month of filial piety in Buddhism, we invite you to join us to recite the name of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Namo Di Zang Wang Pu Sa) and dedicate the merits to your departed loved ones as well as all sentient beings.

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念诵地藏菩萨圣号具有不可思议的殊胜功德。在这个即将到来的农历七月——孝亲吉祥月,诚邀大众参与 “地藏菩萨圣号线上念诵修持”活动,一同发心念诵“南无地藏王菩萨”圣号,回向给已故的亲人与一切众生,祈请地藏菩萨智光加持!



Date / 日期:2022年7月29日至8月26日(农历七月初一至廿九)| 29 July to 26 August 2022 (1st to 29th of 7th Lunar Month)
Enquiry / 询问:6849 5326 |

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Q:How can we purify negative karma?

Purification is very important as it prevents future suffering and relieves guilt. By purifying our minds, we are able to have greater peace, and have better ability to understand the Dharma. The four opponent powers used to purify negative imprints 
or seeds are:

1. Regret
2. Determination to never repeat the action 
3. Taking the Threefold Refuge and generating compassion towards others
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