Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 13. Ritual Objects of the Order

Section 4. Apparatus of the Order

1. There are three categories of the Order’s apparatus: the altar apparatus before the Buddha used to give an aura of dignity to the Buddha altar, the essential dharma apparatus used for various essential dharma ceremonies, and the decorative apparatus temporarily employed to decorate the venues for special essential dharma ceremonies.
2. The altar apparatus shall include a censer and candlesticks. A golden lotus or a collection chest may be added when appropriate.
3. The essential dharma apparatus shall include a sutra table, a wooden clacker, a sitting bell, a wooden clapper, a hand-held bell, and a water‐offering bowl.
4. The decorative apparatus shall include artificial and natural flowers.
5. All the elements of the apparatus shall be uniform in their respective size, shape, and color according to the Regulations of the Order. When decorating a venue to give it a solemn aura for a special essential dharma ceremony, the style of decoration generally accepted at the time may be applied by consensus where appropriate.