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What Happens After The Death Of A Buddhist Believer?

As the fourth largest religion in the world, Buddhism is practised by over 7% of the world’s population. In Singapore, Buddhism is commonly attributed to the Chinese population, but in fact, the religion has its roots in India. In fact, there are many things about...

What Do Different Colours Mean In Buddhist Traditions?

Being culturally aware means not walking into a Buddhist funeral wearing flashy outfits with bright colours. While monochrome neutrals are best preferred at Buddhist funerals, on some occasions you might see some pink being worn. Yellow is another colour that is...

What Filial Piety Means In Chinese Traditional Culture

Filial piety is a virtue that is greatly emphasised in Chinese culture. Although China was – and is – home to a diversity of ideological and religious beliefs, scholars name filial piety as one commonality amongst almost all of them. In other words, filial piety is...

From 1 To 100: A Look at the Buddhist Mourning Period

How long does a Buddhist funeral last? While some may tell you the ceremonies last about 45 minutes to an hour, what you may not know is that there is often a longer period of mourning taken into account when there is a death in the family. While there are vast...

What You Should Know Before Attending A Buddhist Funeral

In funerals, people hold their cultures and beliefs about death and funerals closely as they carry out the relevant rites for the final send-off. For someone who is experiencing them for the first time, it can be an eye-opener to be exposed to these customs and...

How To Select A Funeral Director For Buddhist Send-Off

Planning a funeral can be challenging, especially for those who are currently grieving over their loss. It is hard to stay focused on making sensible and rational decisions, often when emotions get overwhelming at times. This is especially important when they have to...

Core Confucian Teachings For Understanding Chinese Culture

Most people would have heard of Confucius, or the school of thought that the great man founded – Confucianism. Also called Ruism, Confucianism is a set of ideology and philosophies that govern the way of life. Although it stemmed from China some 2000 years ago,...

4 Distinctive Beliefs That Define The Buddhist Funeral

Every culture has their own beliefs and central purposes for funerals. In the Buddhist culture, funerals are an occasion for sending off the deceased and helping them enter the afterlife. Notions of filial piety are also held in high regard, as the deceased’s family...

4 Common Chinese Funeral Traditions And What They Mean

Matters of life and death are commemorated very differently across different cultures and traditions. To make things more complicated, these practices are ever-changing as the world evolves. In Singapore, the multicultural aspect of our people also presents a unique...

5 General Etiquette Tips For Chinese Funerals In Singapore

It can be an eye-opener if one has never attended a Chinese-style funeral before. Rather than risk making any mistakes at the funeral, it is always helpful to know a little bit about the expected etiquette to follow as a funeral visitor. While ‘Chinese’ funerals in...