Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 7. The Deliverance Service

Section3. Final Deliverance Service

1. The Final Deliverance Service shall be performed forty‐nine days (seven weeks) after the passing of the deceased in the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Reporting of the person's life achievements
4) Song of Dharma Merit (Hymns 46)
5) Donation and address of the host of deliverance (Ceremonial Texts 31, 32)
6) Mental affirmation and bow altogether
7) Recitation of the Sacred Mantra (3 times) and reciting the Buddha's name (7 times)
8) Dharma instruction for sending on the spirit (Ceremonial Texts 4, 5)
9) Recitation of scriptures (the Vow, the Heart Sutra, the Instruction on Repentance, and the Diamond Sutra) and supplication (Ceremonial Text 33)
10) Dharma discourse
11) General incense burning
12) Divesting of mourning articles and Statement of Purpose (Ceremonial Text 34)
13) Report of donation
14) Song of Memorial (Hymns 44, 52 and others)
15) Closing.
2. During the Service, the deceased’s birth and growth, education, experience, entry into the Order, dharma stage, work in the Order, and children, as well as the funeral proceedings, shall be reported in detail in the person's life achievements. As for the recitation of scriptures, one should, according to time and situation, recite three times the verse of repentance (Ceremonial Text 7) instead, the Instruction on Repentance can be recited and the Diamond Sutra can be omitted or be recited only up to Section 5.
3. The passages “the deceased was usually by nature…” to “carried out practice ” in the supplication text (Ceremonial Text 33) for the Final Deliverance Service shall be added or omitted as in the processional ceremony and in the First Deliverance Service through to the Sixth Service. If the deceased’s dharma stage had been that of Right Master or above, then the entire text shall be used with additions and omissions as appropriate. In particular, the passages “but is still in the realm of sentient beings by lack of practice power” to “when encounters the road after death” shall be replaced with sentences such as “although his practice reached the sage status of , we earnestly supplicate on behalf lest there might have been an instance, however trivial, where he lost sight of original duty caused by .”
4. The dharma discourse in the Final Deliverance Service, according to the situation, can be delivered before recitation of scriptures and after the dharma instruction for sending on the spirit. As for its content, the master at that time can give related dharma discourses conforming to the situation or shall deliver the sermon primarily on the Way, concerning the power of a vow; sending on the spirit, returning to the good way of living; or karmic ties as they pertain to the deceased.