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I was reminded that today it was 27 years ago that he left his body, and the last few days I had been feeling unusually connected to him, so I went and viewed the video that was made of what happened after his passing. It was the first time I did that, ever, and i feel it healed a rift within me. It left me more able to accept everything that he was. Just to give you some impression of what the new-sannyasin community is like I'm posting the video below, so you can see how a funeral ended up being more a death celebration...
The things that shape you, you never entirely leave them behind I think. I sat through many of his lectures and it was quite an education.
I thought it might make an interesting contrast with Buddhist end of life ceremonies and attitudes. Most buddhists I've met seem to be smiling but bent on cessation and leaving samsara, which feels a bit negative, while a lot of neo-sannyasins seem to be bent on celebrating life.