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Illuminating Sunshine

Buddhist Funeral Rituals of Avalokiteshvara
Illuminating Sunshine

Author(s) : Boord, Martin
Publishers Price : 44.95
Wisdom Price : 38.21(save 15%)
Availability : Currently in stock
ISBN : 3942380137
EAN : 9783942380133
Cover : Hardback
Pages : 352
Size : 160 x 226mm
Publisher : Edition Khordong
Published : 2012
Category : Death and Dying
Category 2 : Tibetan Buddhism: General
Synopsis:
Apart from prayers stemming from the well-known Tibetan Book of the Dead, there is a remarkable lack of ritual material available in the West for those who wish to perform a Buddhist funeral. This book helps to fill that gap.

According to the author Padma 'phrin-las (1641-1718), disciple of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and fourth incarnation of the terton Rigdzin Goddem, there are three main stages in the care of those who have come to the end of their lives. These consist of facilitating the trsnaference of consciousness (phowa) at the moment of death, performing postmortem rituals in order to guide the deceased along pathways of escape from the six modes of unhappy rebirth in smasara, and cremating the corpse with due dignity. Associated rites include prayers of good wishes for the deceased to be reborn in the pureland of Amitabha's blissful paradise (Sukhavati), and the casting of small votive images (tsa tsa) from any fragments of bone that may remain after the cremation has been completed. Taken as a whole, such rites are designed to ensure that the good karma of the deceased is used to maximum effect so that they may be liberated from bondage to an endless cycle of confusion and pain, obtaining instead the three kaya of an awakened being.

All the relevant texts have been gathered together in the present volume, which thus contains a full set of instructions for those who find themselves called upon to care for the Buddhist dead. Together with the Tibetan texts and English translations, this book contains transliterated prayers that may be chanted with greater ease on such solemn occasions, with full explanations of how to perform a full Buddhist funeral ceremony, by either burial or cremation.
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