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From: Keith (142.25.78.111)
Subject: I'm so sorry
Date: March 29, 2006 at 9:30 am PST

In Reply to: Death and Buddhism....... posted by Claudine on March 28, 2006 at 6:05 pm:

I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

You are already doing the best thing you can for your dear bunny: thinking good thoughts. Some Buddhist traditions have rituals for the departed, but they are just to help you focus on thinking good thoughts.

The different Buddhist traditions vary in the details, but according to the tradition I practise in, a being takes rebirth 40 days after dying. During that time, they are wandering and confused. If people they knew and loved think good thoughts for them, wishing them a happy rebirth, then they will be more likely to focus and choose their new parents carefully.

The burial you describe sounds beautiful. There is no prescribed "proper" way to do a Buddhist burial, so don't worry about doing it wrong. Once the consciousness of the being has left the body, what remains is just an object. By all means bury her in the place and manner that feels most proper and healing to you. (Just be sure that it is legal to bury an animal in the place you choose - you don't want your memories of her distorted by legal hassles.)

Keith



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