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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 4. Attaining Deliverance

Section 2. Ceremony of Attaining Deliverance

1. The Ceremony of Entry into the Order shall be held on the day of a regular dharma service or other suitable date at either the temple or the candidate’s place of residence in the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Song of the Order (Hymn 2)
4) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial Text 46)
5) Conferring a certificate of membership
6) Explanation about the main principles of the doctrine (The Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice)
7) Conferring precepts (Ten Precepts for the Ordinary Grade)
8) Statement of Aspiration (Ceremonial Text 45)
9) Song of Initiation of the Way (Hymn 48)
10) Closing.
2. The Entry into the Priesthood Ceremony shall be performed under the presence of teachers and elders, colleagues, and friends in the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Song of the Order (Hymn 2)
4) Mental affirmation (Example 48)
5) Reporting of the person's accomplishments in life
6) The Vow Text (Ceremonial Text 47)
7) Dharma discourse
8) Congratulatory speech
9) Valedictory address
10) Song of Attaining Deliverance (Hymn 48)
11) Closing.
3. As the situation calls for, the Ceremony of Entry into the Order may be a simplified ceremony, with only the transferring of the certificate of membership and the offering of mental affirmation. If jointly conducted, the Entry into the Priesthood Ceremony shall be held with additions to the order, such as greetings between colleagues and instruction from an executive of the Order, as deemed appropriate.
4. In the Entry into the Priesthood Ceremony, the dharma discourse and instruction shall be delivered by the current dharma master as deemed appropriate for the occasion.