Ulambana is a day where we can dedicate the merits to our loved ones who are no longer with us here. We can also dedicate the merits to our loved ones to remove their obstacles.
The word Ullambana is derived form a Sanskrit word which literally means “deliverance from suffering”.
Ulambana is s a Mahayana sutra which consists in a brief discourse given by the Gautama Buddha principally to the monk Maudgalyayana (Japanese Mokuren) on the practice of filial piety.
In the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha instructs his disciple Maudgalyayana on how to obtain liberation for his mother, who had been reborn into a lower realm, by making food offerings to the sangha on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. This practice is the basis of the East Asian Ghost festival, including the Bon Festival, in honor of one’s ancestors.