The seventh month in the lunar Chinese calendar often associated with ghost. As quoted from Wikipedia,
The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, Zhongyuan Festival or Yulan Festival (盂蘭節) is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in Asian countries. According to the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in southern China).
In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival (in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.
Ghost is an interesting topic, and often we heard about myth of the ghosts across the globe, either in the culture or religion.
However, what is the Buddhist's view on ghost?
Well, Master Hsing Yun has given his views on this topic, which has 4 chapters, namely;
1. The good and bad ghosts and the Law of Causation.
2. Different kinds of ghosts and their appearances.
3. Where do ghosts live and what are their pleasures and pains.
4. The world of ghosts and the human life.
I encourage you to read this booklet, and I hope this can help you to understand more about ghost.
Please click the following link to download the booklet.
Ghosts and the Afterlife - Buddhism in Every Step
Translated by Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center