1.1 Prayers before performing recitations

Guan Yin Bodhisattva can hear the sounds of all sentient beings and rescue them from suffering. It is important that you say your prayers to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva and sincerely ask for protection and blessings.

Firstly, you should state your full name[1]. Secondly, you need to state the issues that you would like Guan Yin Bodhisattva to help you to resolve.

For example, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, help me to eliminate calamites and extend my life, etc.”

“May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, and help me to cure <type of illness>, etc.”

“May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to untie my negative karmic knots with <other party’s full name>, and to transform and resolve our conflicts.”

When you say your prayers to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, you must be sincere and have gratitude in your heart. You should have a sincere mind, and say your prayers mindfully. Each time you say your prayers, please limit yourself to one or two wishes. If you have more than three wishes, the effectiveness would be reduced.

 

1.2 Introduction to reciting sutras and mantras

  • Daily Recitation (Kung Ko) is the fixed number of sutras and mantras to be recited every day. Typically, you can recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou)[2] 3 times, Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 3 times, Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) once, and Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 21 times. Performing Daily Recitation is as important as daily food intakes, and it is like earning an income for daily living expenses. Recitation of the Little House (Hsiao Fang Tzu), on the other hand, is like making mortgage or loan repayments. Sutras and mantras recited for Daily Recitation cannot be counted towards the Little House. You need to make separate prayers for Daily Recitation and the Little House. The number of sutras and mantras recited for Daily Recitation and the Little House should also be counted separately.
  • The full title of each sutra and mantra should be included each time before it is recited. For example, before reciting the content of the Great Compassion Mantra, you should recite its full title: Chien Shou Chien Yan Wu Ai Ta Pei Hsin To Lo Ni; for the Heart Sutra, you should recite its full title: Po Jo Po Lo Mi To Hsin Ching.
  • It is best to say the corresponding prayers or wishes before you begin your Daily Recitation. Please limit to a maximum of 3 wishes, as making too many wishes would be an act of greed, and therefore not all of the wishes would come true.
  • The Heart Sutra and the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Chou) can be recited until 10PM during good weather. If it is cloudy or rainy, you can recite it during day time. However, you should avoid reciting the Heart Sutra and the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra after 10PM, or during extreme weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorm, and lightning. In addition, if you feel that you are physically weak or experience discomfort when reciting these sutras and mantras, then it would be best for you to try to recite them during day time on a sunny day whenever possible. Generally, it is best if you do not perform any recitations between 2AM and 5AM.
  • If you are performing Daily Recitation on behalf of your family, friends or fellow Dharma cultivators, their full names[3] must be announced before you begin reciting in order for the transferring of merits to take full effect.
  • For your reference, below are brief descriptions of the effects of some sutras and mantras, as well as the recommended corresponding prayers or wishes for Daily Recitation.

 

1. Recitation of Chien Shou Chien Yan Wu Ai Ta Pei Hsin To Lo Ni, Maha Karuna Dharani in Sanskrit, or the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) in short, is one of the fundamental mantras for every Buddhist, and should be included in the Daily Recitation. Some of its great powers include: fulfilling every wish of every sentient being; curing illnesses; and receiving protection and blessings from Sravakas, Pratyekabuddhas, and Dharma Protectors. By reciting this mantra every day, you would be able to choose to be reborn into any Pure Land for your next life.

For Daily Recitation: Generally 3 or 7 times per day until the end of life; can be recited day or night. During critical times such as before and after an operation, and severe illness e.g. cancer, this mantra should be recited 21 or 49 times per day. The more times you recite it, the more effective it would be.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, and increase my spiritual power.” If you are suffering from an illness you can also add the following, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva cure my illness in <area of illness>, and speed up the recovery.”

 

2. Recitation of Po Jo Po Lo Mi To Hsin Ching, Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra in Sanskrit, or the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) in short, is for establishing connections with Guan Yin Bodhisattva, and to obtain wisdom through the mercy and compassion of Guan Yin Bodhisattva. This sutra takes the form of energy in the Asura realm and the Deva realm (known as “heaven” in English), currency in the underworld, and wisdom in the human realm. Some of its great powers include: disciplining misbehaved children; influencing adults to have a religious belief e.g. Buddhism; communicating with elders who are stubborn; calming emotions; granting wisdom; and alleviating depression. It can also be used for performing the transferring of merits to the deceased.

For Daily Recitation: Generally 3 or 7 times per day until the end of life. The Heart Sutra can be recited until 10PM during good weather. If it is cloudy or rainy, it is best if you can recite it during day time. You should avoid reciting the Heart Sutra after 10PM, or during extreme weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorm, and lightning.

Prayer: Before reciting this sutra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me wisdom, a pure mind, calmness; and help me to be free from afflictions (maintain focus while performing recitations).”

 

3. Recitation of Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen, or the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance in English, is one of the greatest repentance sutras. By reciting it, you are sincerely seeking the help of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, including Guan Yin Bodhisattva to repent and cease karmic obstacles due to negative karmas from the past and present lives. Some of its great powers include: repenting negative karmas created during past and present lives; seeking forgiveness from someone you have hurt in past relationships; resolving long-term conflicts; and repenting inappropriate actions such as being disrespectful to Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, or damaging statues or images of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.

For Daily Recitation: Generally once and up to 7 times per day. It is suitable for reciting every day until the end of life, and can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this sutra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to repent and eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas in <the body or parts of the body>, grant me good health and great wisdom.”

Note: After reciting the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance, if you feel soreness or discomfort in any part of your body, it means that the negative karmas have been activated and transformed into foreign spirits. This is a good signal. You can deal with it now, which is better than waiting for it to emerge as a serious illness later in life. You should recite 4 or 7 Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”. If the pain is severe, recite more Little Houses until you feel better.

 

4. Recitation of Chun Ti Shen Chou, or the Cundi Dharani in Sanskrit, is for sincerely asking assistance from Guan Yin Bodhisattva to fulfil wishes. Some of its great powers include: success in career development; harmony in marriage and relationships; and academic achievements. It is particularly helpful for young adults for finding a suitable job and partner in life. However, the wishes you make must be reasonable and legitimate.

For Daily Recitation: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good fortune and success in career (or any other reasonable wish you may have).”

 

The above four sutras and mantras are the basics for Daily Recitation. The following sutras and mantras can be recited according to your individual conditions to resolve particular issues. Generally, they should be recited 21, 27 or 49 times per day.

 

5. Recitation of Chieh Chieh Chou, or the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots in English, is for sincerely asking assistance from Guan Yin Bodhisattva to “untie karmic knots”, or to resolve interpersonal conflicts. Some of its great powers include: clearing misunderstandings between couples; creating harmony in marriage and family; resolving conflicts at work; and eliminating karmic obstacles due to negative karmas from past lives.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to untie my negative karmic knots with <other party’s full name>, and to transform and resolve our conflicts.” The other party can be your relative, friend, or colleague.

 

6. Hsiao Tsai Chi Hsiang Shen Chou, or the Jvala Mahaugra Dharani in Sanskrit, can be recited during sudden and unexpected situations. It can also be used for resolving conflicts due to negative karmic relationships from the past. It can be recited during unexpected situations such as lawsuits, financial loss, serious fights, and sudden illness. This mantra can also help when you have foreseen impending disasters, or have experienced nightmares.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to disperse calamities, and bring safety and good fortune.”

 

7. Recitation of Pa Yi Chieh Yeh Chang Ken Pen Te Sheng Ching Tu To Lo Ni, Sukhavati-Vyuha Dharani in Sanskrit, or the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Chou) in short, is for sincerely asking protection and blessings from Guan Yin Bodhisattva to grant a pleasant life in the present, and rebirth into the Pure Land in the future. It can also be recited to transfer merits to small animals that you may have killed in the past, including avian, aquatic creatures, and insects. If you have eaten live seafood or animals before you started performing recitations and practising Buddhism, or have inadvertently harmed animals, including killing or hurting animals in your dreams, you can recite this mantra to transfer merits to them.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day. The Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra can be recited until 10PM during good weather. If it is cloudy or rainy, it is best if you can recite it during day time. You should avoid reciting the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra after 10PM, or during extreme weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorm, and lightning.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to transfer merits to the deceased animals whose death I have caused, and help me to cease karmic obstacles due to negative karmas.”

 

8. Recitation of Ta Chi Hsiang Tien Nu Chou, or Sri Devi Dharani in Sanskrit, can help you to eliminate poverty and all types of misfortune; to obtain prosperity, happiness, and good fortune in the near future; and to fulfil and perfect every wish in your relationship without flaws. Recitation of this mantra is mainly to ask for good fortune for a specific issue. However, the prerequisite is that you must have accumulated enough virtues in order to obtain good fortune or great fortune. If you do not have enough virtues as the foundation, then the recitation of this mantra may not be as effective.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good fortune and success for <specific issue>.” Recitation of this mantra can also be used in praying for a good relationship or marriage. You can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to have a harmonious relationship with positive karmas, and help me to perfect my relationship so it becomes flawless.”

 

9) Recitation of Kung Te Pao Shan Shen Chou, or Guna Ratna Sila Dharani in Sanskrit, can help you to accumulate your positive karmas, merits and virtues, as well as eliminate your karmic obstacles due to negative karmas. Recitation of this mantra can help you to transform your good deeds and merits into virtues, as virtues can help to eliminate karmic obstacles. If during a certain period of time, you have performed many good deeds and collected much merits, and you would like to pray for a specific issue, then you can recite this mantra to help your wish to come true. For this mantra to be efficacious, the prerequisite is that this person has performed good deeds and accumulated merits as the foundation.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to convert and transform my positive karmas from the past into virtues in the present, help me to have success for <specific issue>.”

In addition, you can recite this mantra for an unborn child or for a child under 5 years of age. Recitation of the Guna Ratna Sila Dharnani helps to convert and transform your child’s positive karmas and merits from previous lives into virtues in the present life. The virtues can be used to protect and bless this child and help this child to eliminate calamities, and obtain safety and good fortune.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra for your child, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless, <full name of your child>, help to convert and transform the child’s positive karmas from the past into virtues in the present, grant the child safety and good health.” For an unborn child, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless the child of <your full name>, help to convert and transform the child’s positive karmas from the past into virtues in the present, grant the child safety and good health.”

 

10. Recitation of Chi Fo Mieh Tsui Chen Yan, or Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani in Sanskrit, can help you to eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas; obtain safety and good fortune; experience success in every aspect; and generate merits for the younger generations. Recitation of this mantra can help you to eliminate minor karmic obstacles that you have just generated recently, or have created in your present life. For major karmic obstacles or serious negative karmas generated in your previous lives, it is still necessary to recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance to eliminate the karmic obstacles. Therefore the recitation of the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani cannot completely replace the recitation of the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance.

Recite as needed: For relatively minor negative karmas due to action, speech and mind, you can recite this mantra 21, 27 or 49 times in a lump sum to repent these minor negative karmas.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas.”

In addition, each day after you have performed your Daily Recitation for a period of time, you can recite this mantra 3 times so that you can become purer and cleaner. At the same time, the minor karmic obstacles that you have just generated recently, or on the day, can be eliminated. In this case, you do not need to include any prayers before you recite this mantra.

 

11. Recitation of Sheng Wu Liang Shou Chueh Ting Kuang Ming Wang To Lo Ni, or Arya Amitayur Niyama Prabharaja Dharani in Sanskrit, can help you to eliminate the possibility for having a short lifespan, or experiencing sudden and unexpected death; to extend your life, and obtain safety and good fortune; and to quickly achieve the accomplishment of Bodhi and obtain enlightenment. Recitation of this mantra can help you to extend your life. Karmic Passes is the predetermined period of time which follows a karmic pattern that calamities are destined to occur. It can be recited after major Karmic Passes in life, or to extend life after being diagnosed with severe illness, or for elders when praying to extend their lives.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to eliminate calamities and extend my life.”

 

12. Recitation of Ju Yi Pao Lun Wang To Lo Ni, or Cintamani Cakravartin Dharani in Sanskrit, can help you to receive the blessing of the Buddha’s light; to obtain the wisdom and powers of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; and to understand the subtle concepts and methods of Buddhism. It can also help you to transform your afflictions into Bodhi wisdom; to have success in every aspect; and to obtain safety and auspiciousness. Recitation of this mantra is mainly asking for success for a specific issue. For example, asking for success in career.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to have success for <specific issue>.”

 

13. Recitation of Kuan Yin Ling Kan Chen Yan, or Aryavalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Vikurvana Dharani in Sanskrit, can help you to receive the blessing of the Buddha’s light; to have success in every aspect; and to obtain safety and good fortune. Generally, it can be recited to ask Guan Yin Bodhisattva to perform miracles and to bless you, so that you would efficaciously have your wish fulfilled in the near future. During acute or severe illness you can also recite this mantra to ease the pain.

For this mantra to be effective and efficacious, the prerequisite is that you must have a pure and clean mind without scattered thoughts, and that you have sufficient virtues as the foundation. Otherwise, the recitation of this mantra may even lead to undesired results. Recitation of this mantra should commence only after Master Lu has performed Totem Enquiry for you.

Recite as needed: Generally 21, 27 or 49 times per day; can be recited day or night.

Prayer: Before reciting this mantra, you can say your prayer or wish as follows, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to have good health, or success for <specific issue>. May Guan Yin Bodhisattva perform miracles.”

 

1.3 Recommendations for Daily Recitation

1.3.1 Standard Daily Recitation

“May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, safety and good fortune.”

Every day, recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times, the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 3 to 7 times, and the Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 21 times.

 

Prayers for specific situations

1. Praying for success in career, business or interviews:

Recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 to 21 times, the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times, the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 1 to 3 times, Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 21, 49 or 108 times.

 

2. Praying for transforming and resolving negative karmic ties:

“May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to untie my negative karmic knots with <other party’s full name>, and to transform and resolve our conflicts.”

 

Recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7, 9, 11, 21, 27 or 49 times each for yourself and the other party, the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 3 to 7 times, and the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou) 21, 27, 49 or 108 times. In addition, you should recite at least 3 Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu) per week, together with making Great Vows and performing Life Liberations. The above would help to transform and resolve the negative karmic ties between the two parties as soon as possible.

 

1.3.2 Daily Recitation for elders

“May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, eliminate calamities and extend my life.”

Recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 21 to 49 times, the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times, the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 3 to 7 times, and the Arya Amitayur Niyama Prabharaja Dharani (Sheng Wu Liang Shou Chueh Ting Kuang Ming Wang To Lo Ni) 49 times.

 

1.3.3 Daily Recitation for people with severe illness

Recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 49 times, and you can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, please cure my illness on <parts of the body>.” (If the illness is related to a mental disorder, the recitation of the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) can be reduced to less than 21 times per day).

The Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times (If the illness is related to a mental disorder, the recitation of the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) should be more than 21 times per day), and say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me wisdom.”

The Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 3 to 7 times, and say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to repent and eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas (or karmic obstacles on parts of the body), and cure the illness on <parts of the body>.”

If your family or ancestors have committed killings, or you have committed major killings in your present life, you should also include the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Chou) 49 or 108 times and transfer merits to the minor foreign spirits whose death have been caused by you.

If you have had an abortion or miscarriage in the past, then you should also perform the transferring of merits for the child that was aborted or miscarried so that the child can proceed to a better place. For each child, you should recite at least 7 to 21 Little Houses, and address them to the “The child of <full name of the mother or father>”. Generally you should write the full name of the mother. If you do not know the full name of the mother, then you can write the full name of the father.

Recite at least 3 Little Houses per week, and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.

At the same time, you should also perform Life Liberation in large quantities, and make Grand Vows.

 



[1]“Full name” refers to “first name, middle name, and last name”.

[2] The title of each sutra and mantra is given in English, with the Wade-Giles Romanization given in brackets. It is recommended to recite the title according to the Wade-Giles Romanization or Hanyu Pinyin.

[3] “Full name” refers to “first name, middle name, and last name”.