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49-Day Ceremony for Jeff Austin

Our retreat community held the traditional 49-day memorial ceremony for the deceased husband of a friend of Hyon Mun Sunim from Kraków. The 49-day period represents the time, according to Buddhist tradition, when it is commonly believed that the disembodied consciousness could be choosing another embodied form.

The widow, Gosia, who travelled on an all-night bus from Krakow to offer the ceremony.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the deceased name and photograph are burned while the chanting continues. It is a very cathartic experience for those who have been left behind.

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