A Guide to a Proper Buddhist Funeral

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For there is never ploughing there, Nor any cattle herding found, Nor merchandising just the same, Nor bartering for coin of gold: The ghosts of the departed kin Live there on giving given here.  Unname udakam vattam yatha ninnam pavattati Evam eva ito dinnam petānam upakappati As water showered on the hill Flows down to reach the hollow vale, So giving given here can serve The ghosts of the departed kin. As riverbeds when full can bear The water down to Þll the sea, So giving given here can serve The ghosts of the departed kin.

The petas bathed in them and their weariness and thirst was allayed; their bodies became the colour of gold. The king gave rice gruel and both hard and soft food and dedicated these actions. All at once, the petas had food to eat and their faculties were refreshed. The king gave robes and lodging and dedicated these actions. Instantly, the petas were richly adorned and they had wellfurnished palaces to live in. The king was extremely delighted by what he did and saw the effects.  C  B    Beings are called peta because they are stationed far from happiness.

The pamsukula rite, or the last rite for the Buddhist, is actually a re-enactment of an incident that took place during the life of the Buddha. At a time when the Blessed One was proceeding to Rajagaha, King Bimbisara (who had tried to offer his kingdom to the Bodhisatta earlier) went to visit him with thousands of brahmins. After hearing the Dhamma, King Bimbisara was on that very day established in the fruit of Sotapatti. He then invited the Buddha to a meal in the palace on the following day.

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