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Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

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

Section 3. Ritual Procedure of Won-Buddhist Obsequies

1. A Won-Buddhist Grand Obsequy is a funeral service for a decorated person of special merit among those who belong formally to the special grade for prime achievements (Wŏnsŏngjŏk). The Central Headquarters shall be its officiating temple. The executives and representative adherents of the Central Headquarters, and each regional district, temple, and institution shall gather to mourn for the departed. Other temple members shall gather at the temples or the institutions in their district on the day of the burial to hold the requiem service and wearing the articles of mourning ceremony. On the forty‐ninth day after the passing of the worthy, they shall hold the final deliverance service.
2. A Won-Buddhist Order Obsequy is a funeral service for a decorated person of merit belonging formally to the special grade for prime achievements. The Central Headquarters or the deceased’s regional district of affiliation shall be its officiating temple. Representatives from the Central Headquarters, officials of the relevant regional district, and representatives of the temples and institutions shall gather to mourn for the departed. The temples and institutions with close ties to the departed personage and the temples in affiliation with the relevant regional district shall decide on an appropriate date to perform the requiem service and wearing the articles of mourning ceremony. On the forty‐ninth day after the passing of the worthy, the final deliverance service shall be held at the officiating temple.
3. An Obsequy Jointly Officiated by Temples is a funeral service for a decorated person of merit belonging to grade one or two for prime achievements. The Central Headquarters or the temples and institutions with special ties to the departed shall be the officiating body. Representatives from the deceased’s regional district and the temples and institutions with affinity shall gather to mourn. The temples and institutions of affiliation with the deceased shall decide on an appropriate date to perform the Requiem Service and wearing the articles of mourning ceremony, and on the forty‐ninth day after the passing of the deceased, the final deliverance service shall be held at the officiating temple.
4. An Obsequy Officiated by a Temple is a funeral service for a decorated person of merit belonging to grade three, four, or five for prime achievements, as well as for an ordinary ordained adherent who passed away while on active duty. The temple where the deceased passed away shall be the officiating temple where the requiem service as well as wearing the articles of mourning ceremony and the final deliverance service shall be held.
5. When performing a Won-Buddhist Obsequy, the relevant temples and institutions shall raise the Order Banner half way on the day of the burial.
6. A Won-Buddhist Grand Obsequy may be performed at a regional district, a temple, an institution, or a private residence, as best suits the occasion. A Won-Buddhist Order Obsequy, an Obsequy Jointly Officiated by Temples or an Obsequy Officiated by a Temple may also be held at a private residence with the resolution of respective funeral committees, provided that the ceremony is conducted in the name of the Order and under the supervision of the officiating temple.