Inteview of Stefan Larsson – Buddhist

Think about death

Interview of Stefan Larsson, Buddhist in Gothenburgh. He is neither a lama nor a monk but a dedicated layman in a Tibetan Buddhist compound. His function in the compound is as a speaker and in some ways a teacher.

He has nit been to a Buddhist burial, but knows a bit about it.



What happens when you die?

What happens with the soul/mind  and body when you die?

What rituals/ rites and  traditions are used when you die?

What rituals/ rites and  traditions are used when you are buried?

Shuld you be buried at a special place or in a special manner?

Does different death causes give different burials?

Symbols of death? + meanings?

Who takes care of the burial?

Anything you think is specially interesting?

Burial/ cremation or something else?

How does a typical burial look like?


Surrounding the grave?

Birds who eat the body?

What is left to the family?



–       Suicide is not good for your karma because you don’t only hurt your self , but also other feeling persons. The people around you, friends and family. So it effects your ability to choose your next life and to be enlightened.

Whats your view of death and what happens when you die?

–       Every feeling thing has a conscious, the body is the container which you use in your life.

–       Life is a preparation for Bard, the state between death and the next reincarnation. In Bardo you choose to reincarnate, to seas to exist or if you are enlightened, move to Theravada ( tex Thailand and Burma ) or Mahayana (Tex. Japan, Tibet Mongolia). Though you don’t do this in Tibetan Buddhism before all feeling things are enlightened, when they are you all move to Teravada togeather. Therefore your mission as an enlightened is to help other to get enlightened. This is done by teaching and so on.

–       In Bardo can last for 49 days and the first three days are crucial, your body should not be moved at all and if possible be positioned in a white clean and calm room, laying down on his right side. The area around his top of the head, during this time.  There should be no painkillers or medicine before death because you shouldn’t affect your consciousness, this is the same reason as for the white calm room and not to move the body. It should be peaceful. You can ask for a monk, nun or a lama for ”Pawa” during your dying time, this is a special ritual to reed mantra for the deceased and helps the mind to find peace in the dying and at Burda.

–       If a lama is dying all of the lamas who can, come to the dying and do special rites and rituals. We don’t really know what they do but its connected with finding out where his next life will be. He leaves hints of this in some way, the reason to why you want to find out where he will be reborn is to get there to be thought by him.

–       The burial docent matter, where you want sort of. You usually choose cremation but it is not necessary in sweden, Promession sound really good because it helps life and through this  helps your karma. But it is usually in connection with the compound, mantras are usually read during the burial. The soil composition (jordsättning) is important concerning the ashes but the gravestone is not so important.

–       If you can yous should leave behind things which generates karma in a long prospective for example teachings.

–       In stockholm they have a Buddhist burial site which is a part of StrandKyrkogården (hard translation: beach cemetqary).

Grave place / grave stone?

–       -What evert you want, docent really matter.

Can you have personalized funerals?

–       If it bothers the Bardo time, its not good so no. Or it docent matter!

Who takes care of the burial?

–       The compound does.

Is there any specially interesting symbols concerning death or funeral?

–       Google it!


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