SOUTH Australia’s first Buddhist burial garden and cremation area have been blessed by one of Australia’s most revered monks.
Senior Venerable Thich Nguyen Tang said the burial garden at Enfield Memorial Park was significant for the local Buddhist community.
The Buddhist Garden was established after an error at a Buddhist funeral, when the skeletal remains of a Buddhist were almost ground into ashes during a cremation, counter to Buddhist practice, two and a half years ago.
Senior Venerable Tang said Adelaide Cemeteries Authority sourced his advice two years ago in the construction of the burial garden.
“It’s very important for the Buddhist community in South Australia; not just for Australian, but Thai, Cambodian, Burmese, Tibetan, Vietnamese,” he said.
He said to have a dedicated burial ground without mixing with other religions was important.
“With the Buddhist garden we have our own place (at Enfield) and make it like we are part of the community,” he said.
On Sunday, April 3, the burial and cremation area was officially opened by Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le and the Most Venerable Thich Nhu Hue.
The peaceful location, based on the principles of feng shui, was blessed with holy dews by South Australia’s senior monks, transforming it to pure land.
Senior Venerable Tang said the chosen location was beautiful.
“Buddhists believe in reincarnation and when they passed away the relic remained is the evidence they lived,” he said.
“Also when they were alive they lived in a house. The tomb, when they passed away, is like their house.
“Their family can visit the tomb to pay respect and hold memorial service, that’s very important for people.”
The new garden offers a range of vault, traditional burial and cremation memorial options, including a selection of premium options close to the 4m-high Buddha.
ACA chief executive Robert Pitt said it was an exciting development designed to meet the burial demands of an emerging Buddhist community.
“We have learnt a lot about Buddhist funerals and their customs and it’s been a really enlightening experience,” he said.
“Out of something bad, something fantastic has come of it.”
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