Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 12. Great Memorial Service

Section 2. Hall of Eternal Commemoration (Yŏngmojŏn)

1. The Hall of Eternal Commemoration is a shrine built to forever revere the dharma grace of the spirits of the Founding Master and all the successive forefathers, and to cherish and to repay the fundamental beneficence. With the exception of the Founding Master, the forefathers shall be collectively represented in memorial tablets as opposed to individual representation. This shall remedy the past practice of complicated tablet arrangement and facilitate the enshrinement of many individuals in a single shrine, honoring jointly the memory of all the forefathers for boundless time.
2. The memorial tablets in the Hall shall be positioned according to the specifications in Ceremonial Text 79. The tablet commemorating the Founding Master and those memorializing all the successive forefathers, both lay and ordained, shall be placed at the main seats. The tablet dedicated to the Bestowers and that dedicated to the Parents and Ancestors shall be positioned at the left special seats. The tablet for the Past Sages and that for the Sentient Beings shall be placed at the right special seats.
3. A chronology of the Order’s figures compiled for every generation shall be stored in the Hall. According to stipulations in the Regulations of the Order, the chronology shall contain all the names and dharma titles, histories, and pictorial images of the forefathers at each rank. Each temple shall keep a copy of the chronology, to help members gain a better understanding of the forefathers being commemorated.
4. Until a separate structure is built for the Hall, whether at the Headquarters or at the regional temples, the memorial tablets shall be temporarily enshrined at the Altar in the Great Enlightenment Hall, where the Service shall be performed.
5. A memorial park shall be developed in the vicinity of the Hall or in an area with a commanding landscape in honor of the Founding Master and all the successive sages. The park shall be named “The Park of Eternal Commemoration.” In the park there shall be erected a sacred stupa dedicated to the Founding Master, memorial pagodas for all the successive Cardinal Masters and worthies of special merit, and a collective memorial tower for all the contributors. If circumstances permit, the remains of the departed shall be enshrined in the pagodas. Nearby, a memorial hall shall be built to house the collection of writings, articles left by the deceased, and the history of the pagodas, encouraging future generations to pay visit and forever honor the memory of the forefathers.