Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 3. Entering into Adulthood

Section 2. The Ceremony for Entering into Adulthood

1. The ceremony for entering into adulthood is held at home or in a temple hosted by the parents, masters, teachers and seniors along with the assistance of colleagues and friends on that person's birthday or another appropriate date, and is performed according to following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Metal affirmation(Ceremonial Text 14)
4) Dharma discourse (Ceremonial Text 15)
5) Prostration to parents (2 times)
6) Greeting with relatives
7) Greeting with colleagues and friends
8) Congratulatory remarks
9) Valedictory (Ceremonial Text 16)
10) Song of the Ceremony of Entering into Adulthood (Hymns 41)
11) Closing.

2. After the dharma discourse, the young adult must bow twice to the dharma speaker, and then the young adult, and the relatives and friends exchange a single bow with each other. The adults who are seated give the person a nod while in their seat. In the case of a joint ceremony hosted by Order, ceremonial
executives, etc, can be expanded to offer congratulations to the new young adult.
3. After the ceremony, according to the circumstances, simple food may be offered to the congregation. It is good if the relatives and friends give small mementos to a new adult as a sincere statement of congratulations.