Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

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

Section 2. Won-Buddhist Funeral Committee

1. When a person of decorated merit who is to be honored with a Won-Buddhist Obsequy passes away, the Central Headquarters or the relevant regional district, temple, or institution shall immediately decide on the class of the funeral according to the Regulations of the Order, and organize a funeral committee appropriate for the class to take charge of the whole series of funeral rites to follow, from beginning to end.
2. The funeral committee shall divide and take charge of all the detailed responsibilities related to the funeral among its members, such as internal and external affairs, receiving of funeral guests, ceremonies, preparation of funeral paraphernalia, labor of burial, accounting, and records. It shall send out obituary notices to concerned parties both public and private and notify, without delay, each temple and institution of the ritual procedure to be observed with regard to the funeral.
3. The procedures and the ceremonial texts for ceremonies of passing, procession, burial, and deliverance services shall observe the provisions prescribed in the Part Two: Formalities concerning Family Affaires, with appropriate modifications. In all the ceremonies without exception, the Order takes precedence over the bereaved family as the chief mourner. When delivering an address to the deceased or a supplication text, the text shall be written mainly in the name of the Order. Hymns 44 and 52 shall be sung respectively as an elegy in the processional ceremony and as a song of comfort for the spirits in the final deliverance service for all classes of Won-Buddhist Obsequies, except for the Won-Buddhist Grand Obsequy. In the case of the latter, hymns shall be newly written and sung to reflect the heartfelt affection for the worthy departed.
4. The Committee, before its dissolution at the final deliverance service to be held on the forty‐ninth day after the passing of the worthy, shall report on the proceedings of all the ceremonies performed from beginning to end and on the accounting of expenses incurred.