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Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

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

61. Congratulatory Address of Reverence on the Birthday of Śākyamuni Buddha


Today, the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar year, is the day for celebrating the coming of Shakyamuni Buddha who is the original guide of our Order.
Born in to the world three thousand years ago, Shakyamuni, World-honored One, attained great enlightenment of the truth that is free from arising or ceasing and the retribution and response of cause and effect.
By establishing the assembly at Vulture Peak, he opened the way of eternal salvation to all sentient beings through tens of thousands of generations; at the same time, he gave the teachings with which the Founding Master established this new Order in this new era.
Hence, we anticipate that, in the future, as the fortunes of this Way prosper through an infinity of kalpas and His doctrine spreads widely, the grace of Buddha will become prominent, viewed with respect, and praised by all sentient beings.
May all buddhas and sages, the dharma realm in empty space and myriad things, the whole of humankind, all sentient beings and insentient beings, all unconscious and conscious beings respond together to this Way, guard this dharma, and encourage this enterprise. May we, by congratulating on this day, enjoy this kinship in dharma throughout eternity. This we declare in congratulations to the world in the ten directions.