I don't wish to bring everyone down with this question, but it has come up recently in several discussions and I would like to know how folks feel and/or believe about it here. I'm speaking about "those final things" that need to be done about us; that we may let others know we prefer to have done when we die, or which others decide for us. In particular I am interested in what your thoughts are regarding disposal of the body: burial versus cremation in particular. It may not be something the younger memebrs of the Sangha care to think about, but it has been crossing my mind lately (not that I'm planning this event, or feel I need to!! :roll: right now!)
I know that there are people who feel strongly about this. I have mostly been exposed to burial, and with many of my relatives over the past years entombment in a mausoleum rather than earth burial. My Abbey also maintains a Columbarium. So far we haven't used sky-burial like the Tibetans! Cremation is something new for us and frankly it gives me the willies. I know, I know I won't know but even so.... Right now I'm more inclined toward earth burial in a simple wooden coffin, but I'm open. I see this as an exercise in the nature if impermanence.