Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: doublefly-ga
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25 Aug 2006 17:31 PDT
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Question ID: 759607
what gift to bring to a Japanese Buddhist 49th day memorial?
Re: Buddhist Memorial
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 25 Aug 2006 19:21 PDT
Hi doublefly, Thanks for the interesting question! I enjoyed finding your answer. Traditionally, as you know there is a series of services, guests give cash at these events, inside a special envelope. The amount varies and is usually somewhere between $30 and $300 USD. References: ..."A Buddhist prayer bead called Juzu may be carried by the guests. A guest will bring condolence money in a special black and silver decorated envelope. Depending on the relation to the deceased and the wealth of the guest, this may be of a value equivalent to between USD 30 and USD 300. The guests are seated, with the next of kin closest to the front. The Buddhist priest will read a sutra. The family members will each in turn offer incense three times to the incense urn in front of the deceased. The wake ends once the priest has completed the sutra. Each departing guest is given a gift, which has a value of about half or one quarter of the condolence money received from this guest. The closest relatives may stay with the deceased overnight in the same room..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_funeral Japanese Memorial Rituals http://www.terakoya.com/butsuji/butsuji_1_e.htm Juzu Buddhist Prayer Beads http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&q=Juzu+Buddhist+Prayer+Bead http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_prayer_beads Japanese Funeral Envelope http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:JapaneseFuneralEnvelope.jpg More Rituals described here: http://www.osoushiki-plaza.com/eng/eng3.html#13 Hope this helps! ~~Cynthia Search method: Gift "49th Day" Japanese Memorial
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