Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Two: Ceremonial Texts for the Formalities concerning Family Affairs

30. Farewell Address at the Burial Ceremony

The departed spirit of so‐and‐so! Since the physical form of you has already scattered into the four elements of earth, water, fire, and wind and your six sense organs of eye, ears, nose, tongue, body, and will have concealed their names and shapes, the wealth, love, fame, and fortune that you once received have already turned into a dream; and since your family and relatives have bidden last farewell to the way they had addressed you in previous days, what good would it do to think about them and what use would it prove to feel an attachment for them?
As your past life, with its pleasure and suffering, and its ups and downs, is completed we wholeheartedly pray and earnestly request that you be rid of even the slightest attachment to your past worldly affairs and that in the future, by seeking after your true original self, which is without the comings and goings of birth and death, distress and idle thoughts are eradicated. So you will infallibly attain the fruit of buddhahood, be of benefit to the public, and be reunited with all those with whom you had good relations in this life in the Buddhist land of ultimate bliss to complete the one task of finding the Way.