Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 2. Enshrining the Buddha

Section 3. The Ceremony of Enshrining the Buddha

1. When enshrining Il‐Won‐Sang, the Dharmakaya Buddha, the place of enshrinement shall be cleaned for three days with purity of thought and body. A ceremony shall be held amid general attendance, and under the guidance of a dharma master, in the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Song of the Order (Hymn 2)
4) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial Text 24)
5) Enshrining the Buddha (unveiling) and Song of Praising the Dharmakaya Buddha (Hymn 4)
6) Statement of enshrinement (Ceremonial Text 39)
7) Recitation of the scripture (the Il-Won Sang Vow)
8) Dharma discourse
9) Closing
2. If the ceremony is held at a place of private residence, the Song of the Order and dharma discourse may be omitted. Depending on the situation, the Heart Sutra (Ceremonial Text 2) and the Instruction on Repentance (Ceremonial Text 6) may be added when reciting scriptures.
3. If the ceremony is being performed at a place of private residence, the passage, “a new temple at

” in the statement of enshrinement (Ceremonial Text 39), shall be replaced with “the new Altar at the home of the believer residing at
.” Suitable revisions to the text shall be made if the ceremony is for the transferring of the placement of the Buddha. Mental affirmation shall be offered by each believer according to each person’s wish.
4. The dharma discourse for the ceremony shall be delivered by the present dharma master, primarily in reference to the meaning of the enshrinement of the Buddha and the Way of faith and practice, as deemed appropriate for the occasion.
5. If the Great Enlightenment Hall is relocated for reconstruction or if the Altar is remodeled, a transferring and re‐enshrinement ceremony shall be conducted based on the procedures set forth for the Buddha Enshrinement Ceremony.