Masters’ Dialogs

Glamorous Natural Burial

When Chuang Tzu was at his deathbed, his disciples wanted an expensive funeral for him.

Chuang Tzu said, “I shall have heaven and earth for coffin, sun and moon as dual ornaments, stars as jewels and everything at burial. Are my burial gifts not adequate? What more can you add?”

The disciples said, “We fear crows and hawks will devour you.”

Chuang Tzu said, “Above ground, I shall be eaten by birds; below by ants and worms. Either way I shall be eaten. Why are you partial?”

(From Chapter 32 “Imperial Robbers”, Book of Chuang Tzu, written by the followers of Chuang Tzu. It really reflects Chuang Tzu’s teachings on funerals.)

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