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Offline jimsouth

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Disposal Of Body After Death
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:18:12 pm »
How is this handled by Buddhists? I am considering donating my body to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. I believe anything to further learning, is an honorable step. Input lease.  Jim

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Re: Disposal Of Body After Death
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2017, 01:23:41 pm »
How is this handled by Buddhists? I am considering donating my body to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. I believe anything to further learning, is an honorable step. Input lease.  Jim
I have contacted the Humanity Gift Registry for details. I have also considered donating my body to a cadaver farm, for use in forensic research. I believe funerals are a waste of time - energy - money. You're finished with the body that hauled you around throughout your life, so why not take another step, and contribute to furthering knowledge? This is my take, concerning feelings for the departed. Did you love the person while they were living; and did that person know you loved them? If you can answer yes, you have lived an honorable life.
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What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Disposal Of Body After Death
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 01:35:44 pm »
You can research this here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charnel_ground

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?t=1592
A charnel ground (Devanagari: श्मशान; Romanized Sanskrit: śmaśāna; Tibetan pronunciation: durtrö; Tibetan: དུར་ཁྲོད, Wylie: dur khrod),[1] in concrete terms, is an above-ground site for the putrefaction of bodies, generally human, where formerly living tissue is left to decompose uncovered. Although it may have demarcated locations within it functionally identified as burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria, it is distinct from these as well as from crypts or burial vaults. I see no conflict with the above & a cadaver farm.

 


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