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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

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

74. Invocation Text Addressed to Parents and Ancestors


On in the Won Era, all adherents, with purified mind and body, confess humbly before all the honorable spirits of Parents and Ancestors. Oh, honorable spirits! Where are you now, and what kind of karma are you creating? Out of the vast realms of the trichiliocosm, the Buddha Land is the highest; out of the nine types of birth of sentient beings, the human body is the most precious; and out of the paths of the secular world full of defilements of the five types of desires, the path of cultivating the Way is the brightest. All you honorable spirits! Have you found the path of cultivating the Way at present, or are you still sufferings in the world of greed, anger and delusion? If we think about you, we cannot avoid having more earnest feelings of affection as time passes. Therefore, our Order reveres all your spirits as the status of Parents and Ancestors and holds a joint memorial service during today’s Great Memorial Service, and at the same time, supplicates for the perfect deliverance of all of your spirits in the everlasting world. Oh, parents and ancestors! Please respond to our sincerity, bathe in the grace of dharma, and attain the form of a human being in the Buddha land. Please make an effort to practice the Way, dissolve all karma, and recover the original nature which is pure and clear. Let us meet again in the dharma, rely on each other joyfully, and attain Buddhahood. All honorable spirits! Hear our small act of sincerity and bathe in this grace of Buddha’s dharmas so that, as soon as possible, you get a human destiny in the Buddha’s land, and cultivate the Way and exert yourselves to do away with karmic obstructions of the past, present, and future, and restore the pure self‐nature, achieving the fruition of the buddhahood without fail. We pray that we may, by meeting again and again over a long and long period, according to the affinity with Buddha, depend on dharmas and joy together throughout the eternal world.
Oh, honorable spirits of Parents and Ancestors! Watch over us.