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Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

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

62. Congratulatory Address of Reverence on the Day of Great Enlightenment and Founding


Today, the twenty-eighth day of April, is the holy anniversary of the Founding Master’s attainment of great enlightenment and the beginning of this new order.
Our Founding Master, who was a new Buddha for this new world, with the great vow that he made over an eternity of kalpas, appeared in this world at this crisis point caused by the demise of morality.
He had extraordinary thoughts even early in his youth. In order to awaken to the great truth of the universe, he aroused great doubt on his own, cultivated ascetic practices on his own, and attained great enlightenment on his own.
Afterwards, with this great aim of delivering sentient beings and healing the world, he beat the great dharma drum and turned the great dharma wheel; and, in order to harmonize all the Ways that had hitherto been set apart from each other and all the dharmas that had each been differentiated from the other, he prominently made manifest the Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, which is the origin of all things in the universe and the unified body of myriad human affairs and universal principles; elucidated the consummate practice path of Cultivation, Inquiry, and Choice, and, through the great principles of the Fourfold Grace and the Four Essentials, enabled the full integration of the moral principles of all sentient beings in the worlds of the ten directions.
Hence, we anticipate that, in the future, as the fortunes of this Way prosper through an infinity of kalpas and his doctrines spread widely, the whole world will turn into the Il-Won’s Buddha-land of Utmost Bliss and sentient beings will all become true sages.
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.