Buddhism Death Emergency Assistance Theravada A Buddhist’s Manual

Updated 27th March 2015

Buddhism Death Emergency Assistance Theravada A Buddhist’s Manual

A Buddhist’s Manual. Hammalawa Saddhatissa, Venerable, and Pesala, Venerable. 1990. (2nd edition) (London, British Mahabodhi Society)

Page 42 Funerals

If a Bhikkhu [Buddhist Monk] is not available then it is suggested that the closest friend of the deceased conducts the following proposed service at the cemetery/crematorium chapel:

(i) As the coffin is brought in, the friend should recite this verse:

Aniccavata sankhara
Uppada vaya dhammino
Uppajjitva nirujjhanti
Tesam vuasamo sukho

“All that arises, O how unlasting,
Increase and swift decay, such is life.
All that has arisen, all that must pass away.
No more to rise or fall, that peace (Nibbana) is best.”

(ii) The friend could then deliver a suitable oration and then read the following appropriate sutta or a similar one.