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September 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

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Ullambana ceremony


LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Buddha Jewel Monastery's Abbess, The Celebrant Master Jian Pin Shifu, stands before the altar before the sutra during the Ullambana Ceremony at the monastery on Rainier Ave S in Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Ullambana, a Sanskrit word meaning "hanging upside down," is a time to practice compassion towards those who are suffering, or "upside down," and to honor those who have departed. The main sutra consists of a discourse from Buddha to his disciple Maudgalyayana on how to obtain liberation for his mother.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Members of the Dharma Support Association hold candles as they pay their respects to Buddha during the Ullambana Ceremony.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Boon Yeap, Robert Murphy and Jay Won remove red sheets filled with blessings for the living after the Ullambana Ceremony.

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