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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Two: Ceremonial Texts for the Formalities concerning Family Affairs

38. Supplication Text at the Memorial Service of the Deceased’s Day of Passing

On in the Won Era, I, , the officiator, of Won‐Buddhist district>, being of purified mind and body, humbly express a few words of supplication before the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace, at the memorial service for the deceased . Generally, the wondrous essence of true suchness fills the Dharma‐realm and the great wisdom of Prajna Wisdom penetrates the ten directions. Is there anything that is not in union with this marvelous principle? Are there any sentient beings who do not dwell within its benevolent protection? Though it has been a long time since the deceased passed away, the karmic retribution of causes and conditions of life continue eternally. Thus children and general family members observe annual memorial ceremony in order to offer their utmost sincerity and prayer for perfect deliverance of liberation in the eternal future. Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace! Pray take a kind interest in all situations, and respond to their spirit of requiting the origin. So cleanse of any karmic obstruction that perhaps remains in numinous capacity with your dharma power of true suchness; should spiritual path be shrouded by ignorance, pray lead with the light of Prajna Wisdom, so that may forsake perverted views for right ones; forsake restraint to attain liberation; not enter into the cycle of unwholesome paths, but return to the happy ground of the Buddha directly; and not lose the body of a human being life after life or stray from the affinity with the gate of the Way in world after world throughout lifetimes. Enable to finally attain buddhahood and the salvation of all sentient beings by devoting to practicing true dharma. We supplicate with respect and single-mindedness, prostrating four times.