I went to what I thought was a house warming party yesterday, but it turned out to be a Bung Sa Goun, which is a memorial service ceremony in remembrance of the passed loved one and in this case, their grandparents. What was so obvious were the two beds there called Gong Bung and on them contained items that we want our passed loved ones to have in their afterlife, I guess we believe that in the spiritual world, they still use these items, we don’t want them to not having the necessities of the daily life convenient such as pillow, blanket, plates and bowls, kunh mark, and other items. As for item of personal clothing article, many would also offer this, but ask to get it back by offering donation called Busar, and the monetary amount offered is up to the offered because there is no set amount.
As for those that are interested in doing this for your passed loved ones, Gong Bungs that you see here are from the temple that the family rented for $100 each and it contains all material items on the bed, and the price varies from temple to temple, state to state.
Some temples don’t have Gong Bung, then what we did for my mom was to get huge laundry baskets and put the essential items that the monks can use on a day to day basis, this is called Sunka Tarn. I personally like this one better.
Meal offered to the monks. Unlike the offering in certain poor region in Laos, the food offering in the US was plentiful, one of our local monks mentioned to us that when he was visiting Cambodia and Laos, there were few monks at Wat, but the food offering was even less to go around.
Tuk Badt or Alms giving, this was done inside because the weather was still very cold in our area.
The money tree is called Tonh Ga La Pirk, we’d commonly seen at home that Tum Boun; this would give friends and families the opportunity to Tum Boun with the host; offering their money by hanging it on the tree. The tree is then offered as part of the donation to the temple(s), which I think is a nice gesture, and what amount you’re offering is up to you. Some people believe that if you Tum Boun with someone, then maybe you’ll see them again in your next life, and of course, this is a common belief among Buddhists.
This is a pumpkin made for desert; it was huge and tasted good.
Some people would Tum Boun every year, and called it Buddha House Blessing. If it’s not convenient to do it at home, then many people find that a temple is a better place to Tum Boun, and can be done more than once a year. Any types of Boun is a part of our Buddhist tradition, it is something that we should preserve and pass down to younger generations, Bung Sa Goun is a remembrance ceremony of our passed loved one; they are no longer with us, but we are still thinking of them.