"In this manner the world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world. You do not know the path by which they came or departed. Not seeing either end you lament in vain. If any benefit is gained by lamenting, the wise would do it. Only a fool would harm himself. Yet through weeping and sorrowing the mind does not become calm, but still more suffering is produced, the body is harmed and one becomes lean and pale, one merely hurts oneself. One cannot protect a departed one (peta) by that means. To grieve is in vain.
Ngawang Drolma wrote:In Theravada, if a loved one dies (a person or an animal), is there anything you can do on their behalf? Like sending metta?
Peter wrote:The practice I am familiar with is to dedicate merit. Do something meritorious and then say "If my loved one is in a position to rejoice in these merits may they do so, may they be reborn into favorable circumstances, and may they attain Nibbana." The theory is if a loved one was born into the ghost realm, they might be hanging around their loved ones. Rejoicing in another's meritorious act is itself meritorious and might help them take birth in a better realm than ghost. So you are essentially calling the ghost's attention to the act, giving them a chance to rejoice in it and make merit of their own.
Ngawang Drolma wrote:In Theravada, if a loved one dies (a person or an animal), is there anything you can do on their behalf?
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