The memorial service in Shin Buddhism is not for the sake of the dead. In holding the service in memory of the deceased, we acknowledge our ties to the various causes and conditions in our life that allow us to exist.
Memorial services provide us with the opportunity to quietly meditate or reflect upon the cherished memories of the deceased and they remind us of the impermanency of life. This reflection brings us to further awareness of our own changing existence. As we recall the countless benefits bestowed upon us by the deceased, there arises within us a feeling of gratitude toward the deceased and others for making life possible for us.
By realizing the true significance of memorial services in light of the Shin teaching, it will become more significant and meaningful to us. In the Western tradition the family registers the name of the deceased to be remembered each year, thereafter, in that month’s Memorial Service.
Sangha members may submit names of loved ones to Rev. Anita to be registered in the proper month.