Q&A Session with Buddhist friends at Taipei, Taiwan
October 3, 2016

DO NOT PERFORM RECITATION WHILE SHAVING, TRIMMING NAILS OR PICKING EARS

Q:

Is it appropriate to perform recitation while we shave, trim our nails or pick our ears as long as we are not doing it in the washroom?

A:

Do you think it is appropriate to do so? How would you define “respect”? Performing recitation is a form of connecting to Bodhisattva. It is visible to Bodhisattva – just like Facetime. Do you think engaging in such acts during this time are acceptable? (No) What about lifting and checking out your legs or feet? Can you do all these while performing recitation? The fact that you are asking such a question shows that you are not reciting enough Heart Sutra.