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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 8. Ancestral Rite

Section 2. Memorial Service on the Deceased’s Day of Passing

1. A ceremony on the anniversary of the Deceased’s Day of Passing shall be held on the days when parents, teachers, or elders passed away. The deceased’s descendants or students shall celebrate and pray for the eternal bliss of the departed spirit.
2.As a general rule, for parents, teachers, or elders, the service shall be held on the days that the deceased passed away. For grandparents and other ancestors, an appropriate date shall be set and the service performed jointly once a year.
3. The venue for the service shall ideally be the temple. However, it may be held at the place of residence as needed. The bereaved host shall prepare from the day before by cleaning the place, and purifying that person’s thoughts and body
4. Whether the location is the temple or the place of residence, the service shall always be conducted under the guidance of the officiator 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 commemorative address (Ceremonial Texts 35, 36)
6) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial Text 37) and bow together
7) The Sacred Incantation, 3 times
8) Recitation of scriptures (the Vow and the Heart Sutra) and supplication text (Ceremonial Text 38)
9) Report about donation
10) Song of Memorial of Passing Away (Hymns 47)
11) Closing.
5. If the service is for someone with the dharma stage of Right Master or above, the supplication text (Ceremonial Text 38) shall be applied with appropriate additions and omissions. In particular, the passages from “so that may forsake perverted views for right ones,” to “in world after world throughout lifetimes,” shall be omitted.
6. According to the situation, a dharma discourse can be delivered after supplication text.