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  • Khammai Dhammasami
    Sep 23, 2002
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      The ritual conducted behind by the living affects little the life of those
      gone. Meaning, his good life, good practice and good thoughts are the main
      gaurdian for him. No different funeral or chanting as far as the dhamma is
      concerned; if there is, it is due to cultural development.

      There are two things when you do anything for him that you should keep in mind
      so that you have a sense of purpose: first they are for him. It is to accummulate merit for yourself so you are rich enough with merit that you can help him in whatever way still possible. This means to share the merit with him.

      Second, to reflect on the impermanency that he has expressed co clearly in
      the process, and learn to live a life with less attachment, anger and delusion
      as a result.

      Where and how yo scatter the ashes matter only as far as your perception goes.

      Life is impermanent; not everlasting; but fleeting.

      With Metta,


      In message <ammf7i+7ggc@...> SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com writes:
      > Dear Venerable Monks,
      > Recently a good friend of mine died of a drug overdose. He was given
      > a formal christian burial because of wishes of his family. Though he
      > really had no complete religious convictions, he believed mostly in
      > buddhism. We are going to have a memorial for him in the city he
      > lived in and will be scattering ashes of his remains in the river
      > here. (he often sat by it). Because of the way he died, is there a
      > certain chant I can say to help his soul into a better world? He was
      > a very good man. Lived his life following the precepts somewhat well
      > except for the drug problem.
      > Thank you for your help.
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