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Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Three: Ceremonial Texts for the Rites and Rituals of the Order

42. Statement of Oath at Regular Dharma Meeting

We have fortunately met with this Order of the Great Way and have adopted as our single aim the great matter of attaining buddhahood and delivering all sentient beings. In order to attain this goal, with even more resolute determination and utmost aspiration, we make the following vows, Oh Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace! Please support them:
(1) Having dedicated ourselves wholehearted to faith guided by the right dharma of our Founding Master, we shall never regress from this mind throughout all adverse or difficult sensory conditions.
(2) Having discovered the right road of the Threefold Study, we shall never rest from this practice no matter what the temptation or the obstructions of Māra.
(3) Having understood the fundamental principle of the Fourfold Grace, we shall not change from this life of gratitude until the end, no matter what the adverse sensory condition or cause of resentment.
(4) Having learned the great cause of selfless service to the public, we shall remain ever devoted to this Way of public service even if there should be a thousand hardships.
(5) Having received the source of the dharma gate, we shall not disturb the lineage of the dharma in the least and shall obey the orders of the Prime Dharma Master absolutely.
(6) Having been aware that discipline is the life of an organization, we shall rigorously observe the regulations and systems without breaking public statute in the least.
(7) Having been aware of the oneness of the concealed and the revealed, when we have faults, we shall repent truly and never deceive our conscience.
(8) Having aspired to deliver widely limitless sentient beings, we will harmoniously embrace all with a mind that has left love and hatred, bias and attachment.