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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 2. Enshrining the Buddha

Section 4. Bowing to the Buddha and Morning & Evening Prayer of Reverence

1. When going in and out of the Great Enlightenment Hall or the area where the Altar is located, one shall bow toward the Altar at the entrance with both palms joined together.
2. When a believer formally bows to the Dharmakaya Buddha, that person should take four full bows with palms joined together. Ordinarily, however, bowing lightly twice will suffice. When the four full bows becomes difficult due to a large gathering of people in dharma services or ceremonies, the assembly shall lightly bow four times simultaneously at the instruction of the officiator.
3. Every morning and evening, after waking and before going to bed, an adherent shall offer up a prayer of reverence consistently with a devoted mind and heart. The believer shall get up to a set signal or at a time, which that person determines to be appropriate, to correct thoughts and, after fostering a right mind, offer a mental affirmation for about a minute. Then the adherent shall bow once each to all the Buddhas and sages of the past, present, and future; and to parents and ancestors in the previous, present, and next life. In the room where the Buddha is enshrined, the adherent shall bow while facing the Altar. In any other instance, that person may bow from where they are standing.

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