He also lit the candle at a smaller altar where we placed the picture of Piak. We also put the pictures of Piak's parents and Bill there. Piek was a sharing, giving man in life. He would love to share the blessings of this day.
We then asked the monks for a prayer.
The abbot started the prayer and the seven monks followed. They said the prayer for Piek, his parents, Bill and us. The prayer reminds us that life is just a phase of nature and that it is not permanent. What is permanent and lasts forever is the good deeds one does in life and that is what we should remember our loved ones by. Only their earthly bodies are gone. Their goodness, their kindness, their love, remain with us forever.
The monks received the offerings and said a blessings for Piek and us as Nittaya poured libation.
And we sat down to wait.
FYI for you non-Buddhists out there -- you cannot eat before the monks, or you will become a "Pret" -- an 8-foot-tall, skeletal creature with a mouth the size of the eye of a needle so you can eat nothing but vermicelli noodles. We waited on the monks in case they wanted more food or water. After desserts were served, we received the final blessings.