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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 10. Celebration

Section 2. New Year’s Day

1. New Year’s Day, the first of January, is a celebration day for offering the bow of respect to the Dharmakaya Buddha, the teachers, and the elders, exchanging good wishes with one’s friends and associates, looking back on the past year and making plans for the new year, and celebrating a promising future. The ceremony shall be performed in the following order:
1) Opening
2) Entering Samadhi
3) Song of the Order (Hymn 2)
4) Mental affirmation (Ceremonial Text 59)
5) Prostration to the Buddha
6) Bow of respect to the Prime Dharma Master
7) Bow of respect among the faithful
8) Reciting the dharma words with reverence
9) Recitation of scriptures (the Vow and the Heart Sutra)
10) New Year’s message by the Prime Dharma Master
11) Song of the New Year (Hymn 34)
12) Shouting “hooray,” three times
13) Closing.
2. For those in the regional temples and institutions, the formal bow of respect offered to the Prime Dharma Master on New Year’s Day shall be made facing the Master’s general direction. The New Year’s bow of respect among friends and colleagues shall be exchanged simultaneously by gender groups.