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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

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

73. Invocation Text Addressed to Bestowers


On in the Won Era, all adherents, with purified mind and body, confess humbly before the honorable spirits of the Great Bestower, the Intermediate Bestower, and the Lower Bestower.
As great seas and lengthy rivers have a source allowing them to create vast and broad waves, great and high mountains like Tai have their ancestral foundations to build the continuous lie of peaks. That the great Way is established, and the sea of dharmas is distributed over a long period is founded from the holy merits of all the spirits of bestowers who patronized and support the great works by giving birth to sages.
All the spirits of Bestowers thought of the broad deliverance of sentient beings and gave birth to the sages and saints in the past generations including the Founding Master, nurturing and teaching them with all the devoted dedication and love to bestow to our Order. You let them continuously inherit the Buddha’s sun and patriarch’s lamplight, and blow succeedingly and greatly the profound wind in the dharma realm.
Without the merits of all the spirits of bestowers, how could today’s light of our Order be revealed to the world, and how could achieve sacred deliverance?
Therefore, we offer up to all the spirits the honored status of the Great Bestower, the Intermediate Bestower, and the Lower Bestower who gave birth to and raised sages and saints of the Great and Perfect, Right Master, Perfect and Right Master, and Right Master including the Founding Master. We venerate you high as forefathers of our Order over the ten thousand generations, and offer a dedication for repaying the fundamental beneficence with burning of incense.
Oh, all honorable spirits of the Great Bestower, the Intermediate Bestower, and the Lower Bestower. Watch over us.