Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Two: Ceremonial Texts for the Formalities concerning Family Affairs

22. Text for Gratitude at the Sixtieth Birthday Ceremony

On in the Won Era, I, , a disciple of the Buddha, humbly offer up these words of gratitude before the Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace, as I greet my sixtieth birthday. As I have lived sixty long years since birth, I have been fed, clothed, and housed and thereby preserved my physical existence and gained human knowledge through seeing, listening, and learning by the ceaseless benefits of the Fourfold Grace. In consideration of each and every item of indebtedness, every bit of my flesh and blood is a gift from the Fourfold Grace, every bit of my knowledge and skill is granted by the Fourfold Grace, and all of the human affinities and instruments around me that protect my physical and mental being are also presents from the Fourfold Grace. How can all my blessings be said in words with this small mouth and how can all of them be recorded with this short writing brush?
However, I am deeply indebted, and always regretful about having not acted well in requiting the grace and about not satisfactorily pursued working for the public good.
Today, as I greet my sixtieth birthday, I deeply repent my past inadequacies and renew my vow to strenuously put forth efforts in the future to awaken to the Unsurpassed Great Way and to become one who requites indebtedness for eternity. Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace! Bestow upon me your awesome power of loving-kindness and compassion, and enable me to fulfill this vow completely. I supplicate through eternity with single-mindedness.