Go Visit Your Mother
Written by Tom McGahan
I have been pondering recently whether this year I would have a dharma rite performed for my birthday, I had made an offering for the Antaisui, which will smooth my path for the year and wondered would I also need to have a birthday rite performed?
So during a conversation with Zanze Pandit the question in mind came up. "Go visit your mother, Tom, honour the one who gave you this body." This reply struck a cord deep within me, it was so simple and genuine that, for once, I had been rendered speechless. My mother had passed away ten years previously and was buried in the village of her birth in Ireland, so I don't always have the opportunity to visit her grave.
We may not always have the available funds to be able to have rites such as Birthday and Assist the Deceased Rites, another suggestion from Zanze was "if you have received some inheritance you can give some of the money to charity, this will gain merit for your parent who has passed away, by all means if you have the funds have a rite done for them, and help to support your temple.”
In our practice we are striving to become more genuine human beings, how can we attain Buddhahood if we are not genuine?