Buddhist rites at a funeral
Farewell rituals to the deceased in all cultures are closely connected with the worldview of peoples. The main thesis of Buddhism is the theory of degeneration. Already at birth any person inevitably comes close to death. For this reason, all my life Buddhists prepare me for the time of transition to another world, producing around goodness and harmony and avoiding evil and cruel deeds. For any follower of Buddhism ideal is the life of the Buddha, not God, and not Savior, but Master.
One of invariable death harbingers is an old age. For Buddhists, the fundamental karmic law is totality of causal relationships. Change the law is impossible, but making certain actions, each person can change the life direction and future events.
In the temples priests teach anyone how to determine that the death is near, like a face death. If a Buddhist feels that he came to the last day of his present life, then he should lie down on the right side, placing his right hand under his head and think only of the best moments. No need to think about business - they are no more. Soon they begin to weaken eyesight, hearing lost, leaving the sense of smell. Breathing slow down and disappear altogether. At this moment life leaves the body of the former person, who will now become no one.
Future path of the deceased is determined by the astrologer. Buddhists believe that the world defines a person\'s life, that the course of earth and sun, and phases of the moon changes the future. Therefore, at the death moment you need to know as precisely as possible - it is necessary for the proper burial of commission. The astrologer determines what rituals should be performed on the basis of set data (such as whether a person has lived all those years that have been identified to him by fate, for what reason he died, for whom it was important and what sorry, it hurt somebody it death, etc.).
Human funeral is seen as his transition to another world. To make this transition successfully, the soul does not get lost and the astrologer must give the exact time (including even hour) for the body to remove. If the time determined right, the person goes into a new fascinating world, provided that his life was righteous.
After death of the body it can’t be moved for three days - so you can scare the soul. According to the astrologer there should be someone not to be removed from the funeral rites, but in contrast, to deal with the body arrangement. On the appointed day the astrologer organizes a special service on reading prayers, the priest must sanctify the place where the body will be buried (so he asked the deceased to the ground). If you skip this step, relatives of the deceased person would have many troubles. It is forbidden that women stay in the cemetery (especially pregnant and having young children). Once the body is buried, all participants should be clean: wash hands and face, use no smoke and perfume. During the funeral, it is prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages.
A body of the deceased is placed in the tomb so that the head was turned to the West, and the feet - to the East. At the grave head placed is a pole, which is tied with a prayer flag in the Tibetan language, at the foot installed is an obelisk with the spell.
Then in temples on the eights day of the month there is the dead remembrance with reading prayers. At expiration of 49 days hold is the special \"Yurool\" service when adults make gifts for small ones which rebirths the soul and makes the dead man happy. The spiritual teacher - Rinpoche - can predict the family, where the soul of the deceased is now and what it could be reborn.
Traditionally, Buddhists, take the deceased body away in the mountains, wrapped in a white cloth, and sometimes cremate it (ashes are to be scattered). Today Buddhist burial acquires more and more European ritual features.