With 3-4 million practicing Buddhists in America, you may find yourself
attending a Buddhist funeral. If you are planning to attend a Buddhist
funeral ceremony near O’ahu, HI, it will be helpful to know what to expect. Read
on to gain a better understanding of what a Buddhist funeral is like.
As long as the ceremony is simplistic and dignified, there are many ways
to hold Buddhist funeral. The Buddhist faith accepts many
different rituals. Although Buddha was cremated, embalming and cremation are both considered
appropriate. However, prior to embalming or cremation it is thought best
to disturb the body of the deceased as little as possible.
Many Buddhist funerals will take place on the third, seventh, forty-ninth,
or one-hundredth day after the death. Because of this, funeral services
can be held prior to or after embalming or cremation occurs. These services
can take place at a cemetery or the family’s home.
If there is a wake, the deceased will be dressed in simple clothes and
may be surrounded by a photo of Buddha, incense, colorful fruits and flowers.
When it is practical, chanting will occur at the wake. These chants may
be recorded ahead of time or performed live by monks.
There are many appropriate ways to hold a Buddhist funeral, but it is
never acceptable to express grief through riches. As with the wake, flowers,
fruits, and a photo of Buddha may appear next to the deceased. Monks and
other mourners may deliver prayers, sermons, or chants. Those attending
should also join the chanting and remove any head coverings during prayer
and sermons. At the end, the monks and family will lead a procession.
If the deceased in is a casket, the procession will continue to the burial site.
If you are planning a Buddhist funeral ceremony, please call
Valley Of The Temples at (808) 239-8811. Since 1963, we have been helping families of all faiths
lay their loved ones to rest in a peaceful and serene setting on the Windward
side of O’ahu.