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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Fourteen: Birth and Death

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12. The Master said, “Funerary rites are meant to send off a deceased person after he or she has completed this life. For those who were close to the deceased, their grief will be immense; and for the deceased, it is a period when one discards the present body and receives a new one. Therefore, the spirit must be properly sent on to deliverance. To define what is primary and what is secondary, it would be correct to regard deliverance as primary and expressions of sorrow and sympathy and other formalities as secondary. A deliverance service is an important rite of our Order, which is performed to send on the spirit in transition. Its purpose is to guide the deceased to maintain pure and clear one-pointedness while dissolving any remaining attachments; to help deepen the deceased’s affinities for rebirth in a salutary destiny through such activities as reciting sutras and offering supplications; and, at the same time, to help increase the deceased’s merit in the next world by offering donations, etc. In addition, these actions allow the attendees to observe the proprieties of commemoration and mourning. Therefore, complete sincerity is required to ensure that there will be no flaw in even a single aspect of the service.”