Daehaeng Kun Sunim passed away just after midnight on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Immediately afterwards, we began to prepare for the funeral, and the people who would be coming to pay their respects. We scheduled the funeral for five days later, both to give people more time to digest what had happened, as well as making it possible for people living overseas to attend the funeral. (The head of our Buenos Aires branch arrived only on the morning of the funeral, after a very long flight that included some odd legs.) Because this all happened right before Buddha’s Birthday, we also had all of the lanterns up, and lit. It was almost as if Daehaeng Kun Sunim chose this time to leave her body, saying “Don’t be too sad.” For all of the bright lanterns really did do a lot to ease the mood.
The next photos are from the day of the funeral. (Most of them were taken by Yunsu Im, and are used with permission. A few are by persons unknown, whom I haven’t been able to give credit.) After a last three bows to Kun Sunim, we gathered in front of the center, and prepared to carry her coffin over the hill to where the funeral would be held.