Guide to Conduct and Ceremony
Appendix: Ceremonial Texts
Part Three: Ceremonial Texts for the Rites and Rituals of the Order
67. Invocation Text Addressed to the Founding Master
On in the Won Era, all adherents, with purified mind and body, confess humbly before the sacred spirit of the Founding Master. As a rule, because there is morality in the world, the human spirit may be cultivated; because there is the Buddha, morality may be elucidated; and because there is an order of his adherents, the Buddha’s radiance may extend widely. The Buddha’s radiance is a lamp for the world and the spiritual life of sentient beings. Alas! Three-thousand years have already passed since the assembly on Vulture Peak and it has also been a long time since the traces of the sages have vanished everywhere in both East and West, so that true edification was unable to be carried out and the right dharma could not stand. Accordingly, as material civilization developed, the spiritual power declined day by day, the world came to wear a mask of formality and humans fell into a pit of desires. The circumstances under heaven became greatly confused and the suffering of all sentient beings became more severe. At this critical point, Our Founding Master, who was a new Buddha for this new world, with the great vow that he made over an eternity of kalpas, was born in this world. He had extraordinary thoughts even from his early youth; in order to awaken to the great truth of the universe, he devoted himself to all kinds of ascetic practices, and attained great enlightenment on his own. Afterwards, feeling pity toward all sentient beings who are straying in the sea of suffering, he proclaimed the motto of "a Great Opening of sprit", revealed fully the Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, established the great work of delivering all sentient beings and curing the world with perfect doctrines of the Threefold Study, the Eight Articles, the Fourfold Grace, and the Four Essentials. The Founding Master rekindled the fading sun of the Buddha and turned again the dharma-wheel that was about to come to a stop. 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. Fortunately, we returned to the dharma of the Founding Master thanks to past affinities, and basked in the immeasurable dharma and grace. Making an oath to respect and revere this dharma throughout the eternal future, we offer a dedication for repaying the fundamental beneficence with the burning of incense. Oh sacred spirit of the Founding Master! Watch over us.