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Buddhist Funeral Services

I have facilitated several Buddhist Services as a Funeral Celebrant and also have contacts with many in the Buddhist Community. 


There are several vital Buddhist customs essential to practising Buddhists when facing death that I can liaise with Funeral Homes on. 


The purpose of praying at the time of death is wide-ranging. For example, one reason for making prayers is for the sake of the people who are left behind – relatives, parents, friends, loved ones – for the sake of their minds. 


By praying for a dear one who has died, they feel they have done something spiritually for that person. So even though it is a sad occasion, psychologically, there is a feeling of positive spirit. 

In Tibetan Buddhism, during the process of dying, Sangha members (members of the Buddhist Community) recite prayers and read from meditative script. Performing this in front of the body is considered to be beneficial in assisting the person’s death process, especially if that person used to do these practices in their life. 

Also, as mentioned earlier, longer prayers or extensive meditation manuals can be recited in the presence of the deceased. Traditionally Memorial Services are held on the third, seventh, forty-ninth, and one-hundredth day after the death. The services may be held at a family home, Funeral Home or at a monastery. “Dana” is performed, which is an act that purifies the mind of the giver and allows for blessings to be given to the Sangha (roughly translated as “community,” and one of the Three Jewels) and subsequently transferred to the deceased.


Whatever aspect of the Buddhist process you would like to include in the Funeral Service, I can arrange for you in conjunction with your Funeral Home. From liaising with local Temples and Buddhist Associations for physical attendance of Monks to officiate prayers, to the reciting of the Bardo prayers for the 49 day prayer period after death, I would feel honoured and privileged to assist any Members of the Buddhist Community with their Funeral.


Long Life Prayer for His Holiness, XIV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso


GANG RI RA WE KOR WAI ZHING KHAM DIR
In this pure realm, surrounded by snow moutains,

PEN DANG DE WA MA LU JUNG WAI NE
Is the source of complete happiness and benefit,.

CHEN RE ZIG WA TEN DZIN GYAM TSO YI
Avalokiteshvara, Tendzin Gyamtso.

ZHAB PE SI TAI BAR DU TEN GYUR CHIK
May you stand firm until the end of existence. 



Credit and mention to be made for the sourcing of relevant Buddhist Funeral Information above. http://mandala.fpmt.org/archives/mandala-issues-for-2004/october/transitions/ & http://www.rinpoche.com/lifedalailama.html