Guide to Conduct and Ceremony
Appendix: Ceremonial Texts
Part Two: Ceremonial Texts for the Formalities concerning Family Affairs
33. Supplication Text at the Final Service
On in the Won Era, of Won‐Buddhist district>, being of purified mind and body, humbly offers up the prayer for a journey into nirvana before the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace, at the final service on the 49th day after ’s death.
Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace! The deceased was usually by nature, in conduct, had engaged in for the good of the public, and showed faith and carried out practice after entering the gate of the Way. Pray take a kindly interest in what little charitable deeds the deceased had performed in lifetime and consider sympathetically the utmost sincerity of child(ren), , and other family members as well as the wishes of colleagues and friends.
Furthermore since today, the 49th day, is an important day to transfer spirit but , by lack of practice power, is still in the realm of sentient beings, how could break through natural karma with self-power alone? As a young child who has a disease looks for parent, so the benighted numinous consciousness seeks first the salvation of the Buddha when encounters the road after death.
Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace of great loving-kindness and great compassion! Observe all of the situations with love and pity, and bestow the power of protection. So cleanse of any karmic obstructions that perhaps remains in spirit with your dharma power of true suchness; should spiritual path be shrouded by the darkness of ignorance, pray lead with the light of Prajna Wisdom, so that would forsake wicked thoughts to have righteous ones; forsake restraint to attain liberation; not enter into the cycle of the unwholesome destinies, but return to the realm of the Buddha directly; and not lose the body of a human being life after life or stray from the gate of the Way in world after world throughout lifetimes. Enable to completely accomplish the supreme tasks of attaining buddhahood and of working for the salvation of all sentient beings by long devoting to practicing true dharma.
We supplicate with respect and single-mindedness, prostrating four times.