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Friday November 2nd, 2012. Posted by Alex W:

Prayer for All Souls to be born in Amitabha’s pure realm

Living in a rural area of a strongly Roman Catholic country, I’ve just been strongly reminded of the traditions of this time of year. Halloween is not celebrated very much here, but All Saints Day, November 1, is taken as a holiday. Even more to the point, today, November 2, is All Souls Day.

I don’t think there is any particularly useful way of aligning the Christian belief relating to saints, souls and purgatory to Buddhist belief, but making prayers for the rebirth of those departed, particularly for rebirth in Amitabha’s pure land, is of course a regular Buddhist practice.

On my morning walk with the dogs I passed the village cemetery, which is receiving a high number of visits and being decked out with plenty of flowers today. It struck me as a nice idea to “resonate” with those wishes by reciting the prayer for rebirth in Dewachen (Sukhavati) many times today. Perhaps it could become a Western Buddhist tradition – what do you think?

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