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Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 7. Reverential Enthronement and Expressing of Appreciation at Retirement

Section 2. Reverential Enthronement and the Expressing of Appreciation at Retirement Ceremony

1. The reverential enthronement and expressing of appreciation at retirement ceremony beings after the incoming and retiring Prime Dharma Masters enter the ceremony place, according to music, and under the presence of representatives from various fields of the Order and general attendance from inside and outside of the Order. It shall be performed in the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Song of the Order (Hymn 2)
4) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial text 55)
5) Reporting of the person's accomplishments in life of the incoming and retiring Prime Dharma Masters
6) Statement of purpose for the retirement of the former Prime Dharma Master (Ceremonial Text 53)
7) Dharma discourse and passing down of the office by the former Prime Dharma Master
8) Address of appreciation to the former Prime Dharma Master by a representative of the Order
9) Statement of purpose for the inauguration of the incoming Prime Dharma Master (Ceremonial Text 54)
10) Reverential enthronement address by a representative of the Order to the incoming Prime Dharma Master
11) Inauguration address by the incoming Prime Dharma Master
12) Congratulatory speech
13) Song of Reverential Enthronement Ceremony (Hymn 51)
14) Shouting “hooray,” three times
15) Closing.
2. In the ceremony, the retiring Prime Dharma Master shall deliver a dharma discourse, after which the incoming Prime Dharma Master and the general audience shall stand and bow twice together. When the retiring Master hands over the Prime Dharma Master’s badge, dharma vestment, and dharma cane to the new Master, the new Master again shall bow twice to the former. Before the inauguration address, the new Prime Dharma Master shall bow to the former and assume the predecessor’s seat.
3. The reverential enthronement ceremony of the Prime Dharma Master caused by a vacancy shall be conducted based on the following procedures after the Prime Dharma Master enters:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Song of the Order (Hymn 2)
4) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial Text 56)
5) Reporting of the person's accomplishments in life
6) Statement of purpose for the inauguration
7) Dedicating of the Prime Dharma Master’s badge, the dharma vestment, and the dharma cane
8) Speech of induction by a representative of the Order
9) Inaugural address by the Prime Dharma Master
10) Congratulatory address
11) Song in Praise of the Prime Dharma Master (Hymn 15)
12) Shouting “hooray,” three times
13) Closing.
4. The appreciation address, the reverential enthronement address, and the inaugural address during the reverential enthronement and expressing of appreciation at retirement ceremony shall be written and read as appropriate to the occasion. Any congratulatory telegrams, letters, or gifts shall be presented after the congratulatory address.
5. The statement of purpose for the inauguration, reverential enthronement address, and inaugural address during the reverential enthronement ceremony caused by vacancy shall be modified from an existing text or rewritten as appropriate to the occasion.
6. The retiring Prime Dharma Master and the incoming Prime Dharma Master who has gone through the reverential enthronement and expressing of appreciation at retirement ceremony, or the incoming new Prime Dharma Master who has gone through the reverential enthronement ceremony shall perform a reverential announcement ceremony on the same day in the Hall of Eternal Commemoration according to the procedures set forth for the reverential announcement ceremony (Rites and Rituals for the Order, Chapter 8). For the statement of reverential announcement, the corresponding readings (Ceremonial Texts 53, 54) prescribed in the above‐mentioned provisions shall be revised to fit the protocols for the reverential announcement in the Hall of Eternal Commemoration, with “this humble servant” replacing “disciple” and “the spirits of the Founding Master and all the successive forefathers” replacing “the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace.”