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Buddhist Ceremony
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 4:56 PM
Joined: 10/6/2012
Posts: 924

Hi, everyone.

I thought that you'd like to see a photo from yesterday.  It's attached below.

My daughter and I went to a Buddhist ceremony yesterday in NYC for my husband.  It was a service for the recently departed, and the intention was to pray so that his spirit could move on to a life without pain or suffering.  It was such a beautiful experience, about an hour and a half.  I sobbed through most of it, but luckily I was in a space where no judgments were passed.

The photo shows a table where people began to place offerings of flowers and food.

Hugs, Debra.

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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 5:11 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
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You explained this on another post, yes? I am interested especially since my husband talked about Buddhist priests often.
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 8:14 PM
Joined: 2/20/2014
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Thank you for sharing and the photo, Debra! So beautiful and comforting.


Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 9:59 PM
Joined: 10/6/2012
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Dickson and I usually went each week to the Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Center.  We learned to approach situations in a different manner, and I found that as Dickson's health continued to decline that I was able to approach things with a more kind and patient approach.  I am far, far away from being that way 24/7, but I'm working on it!

At our center, there are no priests or monks.  We believe that Buddha was a teacher and that he continues to have many disciples who in turn teach us.  At yesterday's ceremony, the head teacher and a few of the other teachers led the way.  It was mostly singing and some meditation.  In Buddhism, there is a belief that the spirit leaves the nest (body) at death and goes to the next nest.  If you've lived a good life and acquired the seeds of karma, you'll be in a better position to be born again as a human, which is the most precious life.  At the ceremony, the goal was to have an intention during our meditation and prayers that the spirit of the deceased moves onto a human life where they will be whole and free from their pain and suffering.

If you are interested, I would recommend that you look to see if there is a Buddhist meditation center in your neighborhood.  Usually, once each month they have a ceremony called Powa Prayers for the Recently Diseased.  There is no charge.  You should just bring some vegetarian food (cake, fruit, etc.) to share, some flowers, and a photo of your loved one.

Take care, Debra.

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:22 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
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thank you


Lesley Jean
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 8:06 PM
Joined: 2/13/2013
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I think that was a beautiful thing you did.  And, I am sure the crying helped. I know it helps me, everyday! 

Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2015 11:48 PM
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