Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 5. The Sixtieth Birthday

Section2. The Sixtieth Birthday Ceremony

1. The sixtieth birthday ceremony should be held in the temple or, according to circumstances, it may be held in one's own home. It should be performed according to the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Reporting of the person's accomplishments in life
4) Offering up donation to the Buddha and text for gratitude (Ceremonial Text 22)
5) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial Text 23)
6) Dharma discourse
7) Congratulatory remarks
8) Valedictory
9) Greetings of family representative
10) Sixtieth Birthday Song (Hymns 43)
11) Closing.
2. During the ceremony, reporting the person’s life accomplishments, including development, education, career, entrance into the faith, dharma stage, good works, and descendants should be made known. When there are congratulatotry adress. When the celebration is a combined ceremony held under the auspices of the Order it should be performed according to Part 3. Rites and Rituals of the Order, Chapter 10. "Celebration," Section 6.3
3. The courtesy of offering foods or libation should be performed in another palce or room after closing the ceremony. The presentation of any gifts should be done at the same times as offering foods.
4. In the dharma discourse for the sixtieth birthday ceremony, the dharma master explains the meaning of the sixtieth birthday and then congratulates the recipient on the accomplishment of the recipient's life and encourages the recipient to continue self‐cultivation for the rest of life.