(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
COMPARING A PATIENT WITH ACUTE SICKNESS AND A HEALTHY BUDDHIST PRACTITIONER WHO BOTH RECITE EIGHTY-EIGHT BUDDHAS GREAT REPENTANCE 5 TIMES DAILY, IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF SIGNIFICANCE?
Caller: Master Lu, in your radio programs, you usually advise patients with acute medical condition to recite 5 times Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance daily, similar to the number of times recited by us. Are there any differences in between? Does it differ in terms of significance? Please enlighten us, Master Lu.
Master Jun Hong Lu: It is not the same. One is objective driven whereas the other is not. Should it be objective driven, it will help you solve the problem in hand. For example, you did something wrong and you said, “I will recite the scripture 5 times, Guan Yin Bodhisattva please bless and protect me and help me to resolve the negative karma generated from this particular wrongdoing”. As for the other, you recite the scripture even though you did not commit any wrong deed. The latter will have the effect of helping you resolve any grievances or some potential problems that may arise. The concepts are different. The latter may be conserved, whereas, the former is expended.
Caller: Master Lu, how should a patient with acute medical condition say his prayer to Guan Yin Bodhisattva when he recites the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance?
Master Jun Hong Lu: “Please help me eliminate my karmic conflicts and my karmic debts of this lifetime”.