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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 6. Grade Advancement

Section 1. About Grade Advancement

Grade advancement (sŭnggŭp) is the raising of the dharma stage of an adherent based on the conditions of the stages of dharma rank after examining that person’s level of practice. The grade advancement ceremony is a rite of officially celebrating such advancement. No special ceremony shall be held up to the grade of the battle between dharma and Māra. However, a special ceremony of general attendance shall be conducted from the status of dharma strong and Māra defeated and the advancement proclaimed and celebrated across the Order with a suitable rite of veneration to the sage.