IBMC held its annual Ullambana ceremony this year on Sunday, August 17, 2014. The ceremony is a time for helping those who are suffering, so that they may achieve awakening. It is based on the Ullambana Sutra in Mahayana Buddhism, where the Buddha teaches his disciple Maudgalyāyana how to obtain liberation for his mother who had been reborn into a lower realm of existence.
Names of the departed were read. A vegetarian lunch followed the ceremony.