源自佛陀弟子目蓮救母的故事,據盂蘭盆經記載,目蓮為救母離開惡鬼道,求問釋迦佛陀解厄之道。佛陀回答須仰賴十方僧眾共同祭祀,以救其母;目蓮依佛陀指示,其母得救。之後,佛家訂每年的七月十五日為盂蘭盆勝會,日夜誦經普度眾生。

ULLAMBANA

Ullambana is from the story of "Mulian Rescues His Mother". According to the Ullambana Sutra, Mulian wish to rescue his mother from the "Hunger Path" then seek Buddha for method. Buddha said Mulian needs devotion with all monks and monasteries to rescue his mother. Mulian follows Buddha's instruction and saves his mother. Then Buddhism draw up the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month as Ullambana, chanting day and night for purification.