Buddhism is one of the oldest religions of the world incepted more than two centuries ago by Gautama Buddha and then developed rapidly until it spread across vast regions of the earth and later divided into sects due to the difference in beliefs and practices.
Like everything else, the funeral practices are also not common and depend upon the region mainly and the monks or religious consults present in the area.
Buddhism and Death
Buddhism stresses heavily on the impermanence of life and the reality of death.
The basic teaching of this concept is to always prepare for life after death by worldly deeds and the small amount of time a person has in the world before they die and are reincarnated according to their deeds and would keep doing so until they pay for all their actions and achieve Nirvana’.
Karma is one of the pillars of Buddhism and it also believes that the soul leaves the body and searches for a new place or a new body with a new life to atone for its sins in the past one. There are six realms that a person can be born into, namely:
- Human Beings
- Hungry Ghost
- Animal and
These six realms are awarded according to deeds with Heaven being achieved by the pious and Hell by the evil.
Buddhists believe in karma and that means that everything which happens in a person’s life is dictated by his actions in a previous or present one.
It is believed that everyone faces what they deliver to others and every new action, speech and even thought starts a new circle of karma for the person which must come to its conclusion one day.
In simpler words, if a person inflicts pain on another being, he will suffer from the same pain himself and if he offers happiness, the happiness will return to him the same way.
The concept of good death is also very common and that means that a person passes away the same way as they live.
A good death is an indication of a good life while a painful death is the sign of a life lead astray and away from the teachings and good deeds. The concept of good death is not just limited to a person’s treatment of others, it is also a sign of how they lead most of their lives.
A life spent in turmoil, full of selfish desires and no care for others will result in death full of regrets.
Buddhism, in conclusion, is a religion that demands to prepare for death throughout life. The end of life should always dictate the actions of a person so that one has the courage to face death and not regret his life and everything he did.
A dying person sometimes calls monks so that his transition into his next life could be smooth and free of hurdles as the monk reads scriptures, offer prayers before and at the time of the Buddhist funeral. If you need a buddhist funeral service, go to our homepage.