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Well, okay. I haven't been very chatty lately because of a big pile of personal stuff.
But here goes. I was at a funeral the other day, and since the deceased was a Buddhist, it was a Buddhist funeral, mostly. As such the funeral started with everyine entering the chapel (it was done at a funeral home). One of the directors told us that Buddhist tradition involved lighting incence to aid the soul to ascend to heaven (which is a mistranslation of some sort, but you get the idea), and everyone should come up to the front, take a piece of incense, and place it in a pot of sand. She then said that if anyone had religious objections to doing this, they were still welcome to view the body, and then sit down without dealing with the incence.
I thought this was pretty good on the part of the funeral home, But I'm left to wonder, who's beliefs would ;leave them offended at putting a stick of incence in a pot? Does anyone here know of any religious reason for not doing that at a Buddhist funeral?
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