Final Disposition

Invasive procedures performed on the physical body after death distress the departed mindstream, unnecessarily postpone final disposition, and may affect family members negatively. For these reasons, autopsies should be avoided unless required by law, and dissection of cadavers is also discouraged. 

Embalming and replacing the blood with a preservative fluid is also contraindicated, as it retards the decomposition of the physical body, promoting lingering attachment of the mindstream for the deceased body. 

Cremation is the preferred system of disposing of cadavers, and should be performed preferably 3 ½ days or longer after death. Due to the full decomposition of the physical body accomplished by fire, cremation thoroughly releases the mindstream from any lingering attachment.

Burial is not recommended, except for infant children and self-realized adepts —the former have not yet developed deep attachment for these bodies, the latter have overcome it.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Final Disposition

  1. Eva says:

    I have a question about this. Organ donation. H.H.Dalai Lama has even said that for need this is something where the benifites outweigh previous concepts. Also in regard to donating a body to a medical school and the person themself has made this decision wouldnt this also fall under this exception? Most medical schools then return the body cremated after a year to the family for internment. I understand in this case to wait 3.5 days before shipping to the school however isn’t this in a way a selfless act?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      If the deceased is attached to the body, it is not recommended to donate organs or the cadaver. If the deceased is unattached, it does not matter. Each person can choose to act according to her/his conscience.

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