Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 8. Ancestral Rite

Section 3. Conducting the Ancestral Rite

1. The bereaved host may serve simple refreshments to the guests participating in the service but shall refrain from extravagant expenses beyond that person’s means.
2. Expenses saved from the Ancestral Rite shall be presented to the Buddha as an offering to be used for Buddhist projects and other public service works. The host shall make the offering with a heart of devotion for the bliss of the departed spirit.
3. Whether separately or jointly, the bereaved host, according to that person’s wish, shall offer monetary contributions to the temple as stipulated. The interest accrued on the monetary contributions shall be offered up by the temple for use in the hosting and performing of the memorial services.
4. The host shall store the photo and the biographical history of the deceased in a safe place. After the service, the related participants shall renew their dedication to follow in the deceased’s example by mutually exchanging anecdotes regarding the deceased from their memories.