On Sunday, 11th March 2018, we rejoiced the life of our dear friend Brian Waldbillig.
We met at the Lucid Body House on Lexington Avenue, ant the event was well attended by Brian’s sangha and non-sangha friends. Guests of honor were Brian’s dear friend, Stephen, and his beloved dog, Dante. Dante padded around during the proceedings, personally greeting the guests.
The program was led by Vajramati, Brian’s close friend and mentor. Vajramati gave an overview of Brian’s life and followed with an explanation of the Buddhist view of death.
Vajramati then led the Refuges and Precepts call and response chanting.
Anne followed with a reading of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s teaching on the development of loving kindness.
Next, Fay and Neil performed a piece of original work by Brian, titled On Compassion of the Tree.
Ananta then recited the Amitabha mantra in chanting style.
We then reflected silently for a short period.
Vajramati rang the bell for the first time, and we began rejoicing in Brian. Friends celebrated by sharing loving thoughts and memories of Brian and reading poems in his honor. Contributors included Vajramati, Laura, Anne, Fay, Liesl, Gary, Padhma Dharini, Danakamala, Zack, Alyssa, Lara, Savannah, Ananta, Byron and Kim.
The bell was rung again, and Fay and Laura performed another original piece by Brian, titled In Nativitate, vel Kalyāṇamitratā.
Vajramati then led the Transference of Merit.
The bell was rung a final time, and everyone was invited for a period of socializing and food.
It was a wonderful day.
Brian was loved, and his absence is deeply felt.
~ Anne Donnelly Bush