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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Two: Ceremonial Texts for the Formalities concerning Family Affairs

36. Commemorative Address to a Teacher at the Memorial Service of the Deceased’s Day of Passing

On in the Won Era, we, your students, and , express a few commemorative words before your respected spirit, Teacher.
As days have gone by and we again commemorate the anniversary of your passing, our memory of you, grows even deeper with time; although the more we experience the worldly affairs, the stronger we feel your immeasurable grace, we have no way of being granted your presence or of hearing your voice. When in our lifetime will we be able to unburden ourselves to you again?
Dear Teacher! Where are you now? Are you devoting yourself in cultivating the spirit by entering into absorption of Samadhi? Are you free and at leisure, traveling around the triple realm?
Dear Teacher! May you hone more the dharma power you had in previous lives and demonstrate the radiance of your wisdom in the self-nature. Thus, with expedients of your great loving-kindness and compassion, please guide our practice again, and open the path ahead to all sentient beings.
We supplicate wholeheartedly that, by respecting your spirit and by enhancing the merits you contributed, we may meet you again.
Oh, respected spirit of our teacher! Watch over us!