What now?

As I looked down at the funeral paraphernalia on Dad’s coffin, I wondered what happens now. To be more specific, what do Buddhists believe happens when a person dies?

Dad was a Buddhist, although not a very good practicing Buddhist. He left that to Auntie Tai, who prayed religiously at the family altar. As a Buddhist, he was subject to reincarnate into another life. I had no idea if he would reincarnate immediately or if there was a certain time before he would return. And if there is a waiting time, I had no idea where he would wait.

I tried to talk to Dad about Buddhism years ago, but he was not forthcoming. Mom raised me in the Southern Baptist Church after my parents split up, and we moved to Florida. For some reason, I did not have a conflict exploring Buddhism and Christianity. In fact, I felt even more curious about Buddhism. I especially wanted to know what was in store for Dad. Ultimately, I wondered if the same things would happen to me when I die.

Have you ever wondered: “What now?”

2 thoughts on “What now?

  1. Where Christianity is both a life philosophy and a religion, Buddhism is only philosophy. I am Roman Catholic and Buddhist myself.
    You might want to be interested in ‘Living Buddha, Living Christ’, a book by Thich Nhat Hanh.

    I always try to re-focus on the present moment if I don’t know what to do. And I am always trying to ask for help, you should never be afraid yo do so.

    1. Roman Catholic and Buddhist – that’s an interesting combo. How did that happen, if you don’t mind my asking?

      I was fortunate to learn mindfulness at Plum Village where I sat at Tich Nhat Hahn’s feet for dharma talks and did walking meditations with him.

      And yes, I ask and ask and have received and received.thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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