Approximate Program for Dad's funeral
Dear Most Venerable, Venerables & friends,
Here's an approximate program for my dad's funeral, for your interest. Please fwd to anyone who needs it.
Mum & I are really touched, humbled and honoured that you are attending. Sadhu, Budusaranai, Namo A Di Da Phat.
Approx 12.30 or 1pm- set up the alter etc by Andrew
Background recorded cd, Buddhist chanting
2.05pm- Chanting in Pali by Thai Dhammakaya monks
2.20pm- Chanting in English by Andrew
2.35pm- Song by Andrew
2.40pm- Chanting in Vietnamese by Vietnamese monks
2.55pm- Communal chanting, 'Namo Amitabha'
3pm- Silent meditation
3.10pm- 2 speeches
3.20pm- Thank you
3.25pm- Dad departs. (Welsh choir cd, track 1)
3.30pm: Approx finish, then Vegetarian refreshments, tea & coffee.
"Expression of Gratitude."
"My precious mother Kay and I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to everyone, from near and far, who attended Dad's funeral service on Tuesday, as well as to all the well-wishers, family and friends, who were unable to attend.
We would like to particularly thank, with utmost respect, those who participated with us in the proceedings. Most Venerable Thich Tinh Dao, abbot of Linh Son Temple; Senior Venerable Thich Nguyen Tang, abbot of Quang Duc Monastery and deputy commissioner of the United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Australia and New Zealand; Senior Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan, abbot of Quang Minh Temple (Melbourne) and Phuoc Hue Temple (Sydney); Venerable Thich Hanh Pham, abbot of Tu An Monastery; Ajahn Phra Satit, abbot of Dhammakaya Temple Albury; and Ajahn Phra Thaweechai and Ajahn Phra Maha Weerapon of Dhammakaya Temple Sunbury; and all of my students, and the members of the temples.
Furthermore, a huge thank you to Dad's oldest friends of fifty years or more, Mr David Skym and Mr Michael Holmes, for delivering such eloquent speeches and sharing precious memories.
The funeral service was attended by about 100 people from a multitude of cultural backgrounds. A true testimony to Dad's legacy.
We all love and respect you endlessly Dad. Namo Amitabha Buddha."
With utmost respect