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1,000 Buddhist monks practice ritual in Nanjing Buddhist monks chant scriptures before having meals at Qixia Temple in Nanjing on April 17, 2011. After death, while the dead person is being prepared for the funeral fire, the monks continue to chant in order to help the dead one’s good energies to be released from their fading personality. It is believed that towards the end of this time the dead person will see a brilliant light. After 100 days a final prayer ceremony is conducted, but such a ceremony is optional and not as important as the initial ceremonies. In the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, to which most Chinese Buddhists subscribe, it is believed that between death and rebirth there is an intermediate period – called Antarabhava in Sanskrit, or the Bardo in Tibetan.
Funeral rites are the most elaborate of all the life-cycle ceremonies and the ones entered into most fully by the monks. The people rely upon monks to chant the sutras that will benefit the deceased, and to conduct all funeral rites and memorial services.
According to tradition, when a person is dying an effort should be made to fix his mind upon the Buddhist scriptures or to get him to repeat one of the names of Buddha, such as Phra Arahant. After death a bathing ceremony takes place in which relatives and friends pour water over one hand of the deceased. The food offered in the name of the dead is known as Matakabhatta from mataka ("one who is dead"). Reverend Sirs, we humbly beg to present this mataka food and these various gifts to the Sangha. A man carrying a white banner on a long pole often leads the procession to the crematorium grounds. Frequently the bodies of prominent or wealthy persons are kept for a year or more in a special building at a temple. As along as the body is present the spirit can benefit by the gifts presented, the sermons preached and the chants uttered before it. At cremations it is quite common for wealthy people to have printed for distribution books and pamphlets setting forth Buddhist teachings in the form of essays, translation of the sutras, historical sketches and explanations of ceremonies. Once master Hofaku called his monks together and said: "This last week my energy has been draining - no cause for worry. The cessation of suffering which is the Eightfold path of right resolve, right views, right action, right speech, right livelihood, right effort, right concentration and right mindfulness. Along with the cause and condition approach, Buddhism supports the pan-Indian presupposition of the entire world. Buddhism is an amazing religious tradition that has unique beliefs and concepts, thus making it the fourth largest religion all throughout the world. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth is driven by the law that whatever one does in current times would indefinitely produce some outcome in future. One can be born as either of the 6 realms, as god, as demigod, as human beings, as ghosts, as an animal or as a spirit. Buddhist practices were based on observation and meditation of moral aspects, ever since its existence.
A total of 1,000 Buddhist monks had meals together at the temple as part of a Buddhist culture month held in the city.
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It is believed that as soon as the death of the body has taken place, the personality goes into a state of trance for four days.


If the radiance of the Clear Light does not terrify them, and they can welcome it, then the person will not be reborn. If the eldest son passes away, his second brother does not assume leadership of the family.
The funeral ceremony, which traditionally lasts over 49 days, the first seven days being the most important. It is a basic teaching of Buddhism that existence is suffering, whether birth, daily living, old age or dying. To conduct the rites for the dead may be considered the one indispensable service rendered the community by the monks. Over the basic mood of gloom there has grown up a feeling that meritorious acts can aid the condition of the departed. The body is then placed in a coffin and surrounded with wreaths, candles and sticks of incense. May the Sangha receive this food and these gifts of ours in order that benefits and happiness may come to us to the end of time. The neighbours gather nightly to feast, visit, attend the services and play games with cards and huge dominoes. He is followed by some elderly men carrying flowers in silver bowls and then by a group of eight to ten monks walking ahead of the coffin and holding a broad ribbon (bhusa yong) which extend to the deceased.
Cremations are deferred this long to show love and respect for the deceased and to perform religious rites which will benefit the departed. This thought lies behind the use of the bhusa yhong ribbon which extends from the body within the coffin to the chanting monks before it.
Such books, numbering in the thousands, are not only a tribute to the dead and a means of making merit but they have practical value as well.
The firm type refers to rupa or the existence of materialistic things; followed by the psychological processes like vedana or sensations, samjna or perceptions, samskara or psychic constructs and vijnana or consciousness.
According to the pan-Indian presupposition, all living beings are bound by the never-ending cycle of birth and death. The sangha or monastic order is considered to be among the Three jewels, along with religious teaching or dharma and the Buddha.
Goodwill is created by these gifts and it is believed that the goodwill helps the lingering spirit of the dead person. The initial ceremony and three succeeding periods of ten days until the final burial or cremation. If the family ensures that proper assistance in the form of prayer and remembrance ceremonies are duly performed, the departed is better able to take a favourable rebirth.
Not all the teaching of Anatta (not self) can quite eradicate anxiety lest the deceased exist as pretas or as beings suffering torment.
Sometimes four syllables which are considered the heart of the Abhidharma, ci, ce, ru, and ni, representing "heart, mental concepts, form and Nibbana" are written on a piece of paper and put in the mouth of the dying man.
If possible a photograph of the deceased is placed alongside, and coloured lights are suspended about the coffin: Sometimes the cremation is deferred for a week to allow distant relatives to attend or to show special honour to the dead. In such cases a series of memorial services are held on the seventh, fiftieth, and hundredth days after the death. As per the Buddhist teaching of anatman or non-self, the 5 aggregates have no soul that can exist by itself, independently and immutably. Also, there are chances of rebirth which is directly linked to the actions performed by an individual (physically or mentally), in the previous life (commonly referred to as karma).
As per the Indian civilization, reincarnation does not happen once or twice, but it happens for millions of lifetimes.


Practices like stupa worship (stupas are burial mounds that contain relics), devotional practices were introduced later. This period is called the First Bardo and during it Lamas (monks) saying special verses can reach the dead person. While they watch they feel they have a body but when they realize this is not so, they long to possess one again. Indeed Buddhism may have won its way the more easily in Thailand because it had more to say about death and the hereafter than had animism.
It is hoped that if the last thoughts of the patient are directed to Buddha and the precepts, that the fruit of this meritorious act will bring good to the deceased in his new existence. In this case a chapter of monks comes to the house one or more times each day to chant from the Abhidharma, sometimes holding the bhusa yong, a broad ribbon, attached to the coffin. On the day of the funeral or orchestra is employed and every effort is made to banish sorrow, loneliness and the fear of spirits by means of music and fellowship. The coffin may be carried by pall bearers or conveyed in a funeral car drawn by a large number of friends and relatives who feel that they are performing their last service for the deceased and engaged in a meritorious act while doing so. In one instance a wealthy merchant did not cremate the body of his daughter until he had spent all her inheritance in merit-making services for her. When the body is cremated the spirit is more definitely cut off from the world, it is best therefore not to force that spirit to enter the preta world finally and irrevocably until it has had the benefit of a number of religious services designed to improve its status.
Any occurrence takes place due to causes and conditions and are bound to result in cessation and decay inevitably. In a village, at the moment of death, the relatives may set up a wailing both to express sorrow and to notify the neighbours who will then come to be of help.
Before the funeral procession begins the monks chant a service at the home and then precede the coffin down the steps of the house, - stairs which are sometimes carpeted with banana leaves.
If the procession is accompanied by music the players may ride in ox carts or in a motor truck at the rear. Another merchant spent the ten thousand baht insurance money received on the death of his small son entirely for religious ceremonies. The casual conditions are defined under a 12-membered chain known as pratityasamutpada or dependent origination.
All previous thoughts and actions direct the person to choose new parents, who will give them their next body. The head of the family should be present for, at least the first and, possibly the second, prayer ceremony. It is felt that the body should not leave the house by the usual route, but instead of removing the coffin through a hole in the wall or floor, which is sometimes done, the front stairs are covered with green leaves to make that route unusual. During the service at the cemetery the monks sit facing the coffin on which rest the Pangsukula robes.
The casual conditions are predisposition, ignorance, name-form, consciousness, contact, the senses, grasping, craving, becoming, old age, birth and death.
After the chanting the coffin is placed on a pyre made of brick; the people then come up with lighted torches of candles, incense and fragrant wood and toss them beneath the coffin so that the actual cremation takes place at once.



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