Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 11. Won-Buddhist Obsequies (Wonbulgyo?jang)

Section 1. About Won-Buddhist Obsequies

Won-Buddhist obsequies (Wŏnbulgyo-chang) are funeral rites in which our Order becomes the chief mourner and hence is responsible for the conducting and expense of the ceremonies. It is one of the ways to honor an ordained devotee, after that person’s death, whose whole life was dedicated solely to our Order, or a fixed-term ordained devotee who passed away while tending to duties. The Order takes the responsibility of performing the ceremonies of the funeral in the case of a fixed-term ordained devotee who had completed the term of service, and in the case of a lay devotee who had greatly contributed to the work of the Order. Although classified into Won-Buddhist Grand Obsequy, Won-Buddhist Order Obsequy, Obsequy Jointly Officiated by Temples, and Obsequy Officiated by a Temple, the rites are generally referred to as Won-Buddhist Obsequies.