Soka Association is a Buddhist organization originated in Japan, backed with spreading Buddhism in a cultural way. Soka Association has always volunteered to participate in national events like Chingay and National Day Parade in Singapore. It is an organization that spreads Buddhism teaching through cultural performance. Many may have heard of this religion and often term it as a japanese religion. However, the beliefs of Soka Association are the same as a staunch Buddhist. It is basically the reflection of one’s self and taking necessary actions to achieve success. I believe no religion will teach or promote harm.
Soka Association has it’s own Columbarium located at Senja Road in Singapore. However, the ashes of the deceased has to be a member or leader in order to qualify. The columbarium is specially built to house the ashes of its members and leaders. The death rate of a member in Soka Association is at an average of one per day. However, the organization continues to grow, with more new members taking up faith of the Gohonzon as their religion and worship.
How is a Soka Funeral Service being conducted in Singapore? A Soka Funeral in Singapore is a solemn event. It is almost similar to a Christian funeral, considering the white majestic curtain and white light surrounding the casket area. The casket is being placed at the centre of the tent in a horizontal position, with the head pointing to the left and the leg on the right. Just in front of the casket will be the altar, commonly known as the Buzutan or Gohonzon. Members and Leaders of the Soka Association will usually come forward in the evening to pay respect and offer prayers in the form of chanting daimoku, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, which we believe, help to eradicate the negative karma caused by the deceased previous life. By chanting daimoku, one is able to reflect and eradicate on their negative karma caused by their slander of the law in this life and in the past. Soka Association is a big organization and their members and leaders are closely knitted. In a usual evening, expect to see at least fifty to sixty members chanting daimoku at the HDB Void Deck where the funeral wake is being held.
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