WHAT IS SKY BURIAL?
Human beings are not immortal and when death knocks on the door of our lives, the souls leave the earth but the lifeless bodies remain. How we approach to handle the last vestige of the evidence of our life will depend on the culture we live in. In Tibet and in Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures in China, they have a unique way of handling the deceased. Tibetan Buddhists follow the guidance of their death handbook, the Bardo Thodol, a guide to the stages of death and the pathway to reincarnation written in the 8th century CE. But this journey is for the soul, not for the body, which is just the soft shell we are encased in. Unlike the Christian traditions that many western nations have founded their death practices on, which speak of resurrection of the intact body, in Tibet the body is seen as part of nature’s cycle and not the human it once was.