A Guide to a Proper Buddhist Funeral

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At daybreak the king told the Buddha about his dreadful experience and asked what would become of him. The Buddha explained to the king: “Former relatives of yours who have been reborn as petas have been going round for an immeasurable long time since the last Buddha kappa (Buddha Phussa’s time, about  kappas ago) expecting to be released from their suffering. They had expected you to dedicate to them the alms-giving done yesterday, but you did not. ” The Buddha replied in the affirmative and King Bimbisara then took the initiative to perform the rites for the deceased called Dakkhinaupadana in Buddhism.

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In reply, the Buddha said that there are conditions or occasions on which such dedication is sometimes possible and at other times not. e. not possible), this refers to two kinds of beings. Firstly, those who have done heavy unwholesome or evil acts (Akusala Kammapatha) and have taken birth as hellish beings or animals. Secondly, those who have abstained from such evil acts and have been born to the world of celestial or human beings once again. These kinds of beings live on the ‘food’ of their own planes and as such are not in the position to appreciate and enjoy the meritorious fruits so dedicated.

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