Funeral arrangements and body prep at death.

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smcj
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Funeral arrangements and body prep at death.

Post by smcj » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:50 pm

An old friend of mine that had been a Gelug student back in the day just passed. Her daughter has asked me what are the appropriate procedures for body prep and funeral arrangements, as that had been her mother's request.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Re: Funeral arrangements and body prep at death.

Post by smcj » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:26 am

For those that are interested it turns out that a shawl of with Amitabha and his mantra is usually placed on the deceased. Reciting his mantra "om ami dewa hri" (Tibetan pronunciation) is encouraged. There is a Gelug monastery in Richmond (the SF Bay region) that specializes in doing pujas for people for free, but of course a donation is always appreciated. They can be reached at gyutofoundation.org.

Evidently they do pujas for things other than the deceased also, like business startups, etc.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

*****
Sometimes you can get shown the light
In the strangest of places
If you look at it right.
-Robert Hunter-

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Re: Funeral arrangements and body prep at death.

Post by ngodrup » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:10 am

Usually the body is untouched for as long as possible.
If a Lama, known to the deceased can perform P'howa, that is excellent.
Especially in the presence of the body. But it can be done in abstentia.
There are jangwa practices that can be performed. A fire puja can be done
(if cremation). Also, some ashes can be used to make tsa tsas. There is
also a practice called Ney Dren. Different kinds of offerings can be made
in the name of the deceased.

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Re: Funeral arrangements and body prep at death.

Post by KonchokZoepa » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:21 am

this is not really funarel arrangement but Sur could be done for the 49 days to feed the deceased when he is in bardo..
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

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