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Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

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

72. Comforting Text for the Spirits Addressed to Ordinary Ordained and Lay Adherents


On in the Won Era, all adherents, with pure mind and body, confess humbly before the honorable spirits of ordinary ordained and lay adherents.
According to the sayings of a sage, there are three difficulties in the world: the first is to be born as a human being; the second is to be born without bodily deficiencies; and the third is to meet the Order of the Buddha.
All of your spirits have been through these difficulties and found our Order due to your karmic relations from the past. You became ordained with a valuable aspiration to be ordained devotees, or in some case, you became general adherents as lay practitioners. How lucky it is!
However, it is regretful that because of the surroundings that dominated you, or the circumstances hindered you, your honorable names were not recorded in the chronology of the Order’s figures by being included within the grades of ordained devotees or lay devotees. So we called you here today merely as ordinary adherents. As late-comers, we cannot avoid these regrettable feelings.
However, all of your spirits have many opportunities to be reborn in the world in the future, and our Order will open the gate of deliverance in the everlasting future.
At that time you must renew that immature mind of the past, and exert yourselves more eagerly in the unfinished work, so that you accumulate the power of faith and reveal the merits in realities in the world. Hence, we pray you enjoy in this dharma affinities as excellent and holy ordained or lay devotees.
Oh, honorable spirits of ordinary ordained and lay adherents. Watch over us.