Posted by David on May 06, 1999 at 03:13:18:
In Reply to: Death posted by deLogenses on May 04, 1999 at 16:02:04:
How a Buddhist approaches death depends on the "level" of understanding he or she has realized through the practice. But the masters neither fear nor celebrate what we call death. To a master there is no life and no death. All such discriminations based on the idea of self and other are no longer valid. The masters still function according to worldly convention though in order to help others.
Traditionally in most cultures, Buddhist funerals are crematory. For a master it doesn't matter, but cremation helps be sure that those of us who die with mental attachments remaining do not hold onto the body when it should be time to move on.
People will also often gather together and recite mantras, make offerings of incense flowers, etc, and do special deeds in order to create merit which they then transfer to the deceased.
Hope this helps.
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