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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 2. Birth

Section 4. The Seventh Week Prayer Ceremony

1. Seven weeks after the birth, there needs to be a prayer ceremony of good wishes for the infant’s future wisdom and blessings. This ceremony is performed either at home or at a temple according to the following order:
1) Opening
2)Entering Samadhi
3) Offering up a donation to the Buddha and parents' prostration
4) Reciting the scripture ( THE Il-Won-Sang Vow)
5) Prayer text of the seventh week of birth (Ceremonial Text 13) and prostration together to the Buddha
6) Song of Loving Infants (Hymns 101)
7) Closing
2. After the ceremony, the tag with the newborn baby’s information is removed. The family, according to their financial condition, invites relatives and friends to a simple meal. The relatives and friends, according to their financial condition, offer a small donation of support to the Buddha.
3. The money offered to the Buddha should be used for public works or Buddhist activities in order to pray for intangible blessings for the infant, or it can be saved for the future education of the infant.