More from Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s funeral

Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts, and my apologies for not replying to each of you individually. As you can imagine, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. For all that, Kun Sunim often mentioned that there is much more going on than merely the visible aspect of existence. I’ll try to post more about this next week. Some of her talks about this (in Korean) are just incredible, and we are working on getting one of these translated and published by the autumn.

 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.

Welcoming visitors


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.

Taking Kun Sunim’s coffin one last time around the pagoda
Somewhere around 10,000 people attended this part of the funeral. Afterwards, we all left on foot for the cremation site.

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The place where Daehaeng Kun Sunim lived during the last several years. (The landscaping has suffered a bit with all the visitors.)

1 thought on “More from Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s funeral”

  1. thanks for the details and photos, it is much appreciated, yes, please, post more about this, can’t wait for those Dharma talks you mentioned, I want to read them in original too, where can I get it? The way I see it, it was necessary to go at this time, I think, because this gave off so much light, as if it gave support for the whole world, and also it happened for Buddha’s Birthday because it is a birth of Buddha, because there is something huge happening when enlightened person dies from this world, it feels very beneficial for the entire world system, like it is illuminated from inside out with light of foundation, also perhaps this is time for many practitioners of her teachings to have a major “growth spur”. Usially on Buddha’s Birthday there is alot of dancing and singing and all those colourful presentations somehow did not feel sufficient or even appropriate, I mean it was somehow too small for something so big like birth of your own Buddha, but this year’s Buddha’s Birthday felt solemn and real, because the feeling of Nirvana shone bright and even throughout the universe, and KunSunim, as she really is, was present every moment everywhere.
    I only wish I could ride on this wave of light, and at least learn properly not to have panic attacks from the fear of asthma

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