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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 13. Ritual Objects of the Order

Section 5. Other Ceremonial Objects of the Order

1. The emblem of the Order is a mark to represent adherents. It shall be produced according to the Regulations of the Order and worn by general adherents on their left chest over clothing.
2. The Order flower (the symbol of the Order) shall be appropriately planted for appreciation in the temple garden or the home of adherents according to the Regulations of the Order.
3. A dharma bell is an instrument used to announce the daily schedule at a practice site, as well as the beginning and the ending of a dharma service, and shall be kept in each temple. It may be of a hanging type.
4. Meditation beads, short meditation beads, and a dharma drum are instruments used to make reference in one’s mind to guide oneself to a unified rhythm and beat when reciting the Buddha’s name or reciting a mantra, and shall be employed as the need arises.
5. When a ceremonial dharma service of great importance to the Order is held, various marks of honor, including the Prime Dharma Master’s Badge, Dharma‐Stage Badges, Dharma‐Merit Badges, and the Lotus Badge, awarded to individuals according to the Regulations of the Order, shall be worn, lending solemnity to the occasion.
6. At all ceremonies, it is a general rule to offer up a full bow four times before the Dharmakaya Buddha and in the Hall of Eternal Commemoration, twice to the spirits of the departed and once at all other times. However, the simplified form of bowing may be acceptable depending on the situation. Any additional prescription that specifically appears in this book, The Canon of Propriety, with regard to the subject of bowing shall be followed accordingly.
7. In all ceremonies, the spirit of a deceased person who had held a dharma status shall be referred to with that dharma title, dharma name, dharma stage, or dharma merit in the memorial tablet, the ceremonial texts, and such. Even if the spirit had the dharma stage of Right Master or higher, the dharma talk for sending on the spirit shall be read, if the said personage attained the status after death as a special case, died of old age and of unclear mind, or died of a sudden illness or from an accident.