Q008: Master Lu, how should we pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas before we recite Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu)? How do we sincerely ask protection and blessings from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas?

A008: 

  • Before you recite Little Houses, you can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva help me, <your full name>, to offer the Little Houses to <full name of the merit receiver> (can be your Karmic Creditor, a deceased relative or friend, a Karmic Creditor of your house, or a child that was aborted or miscarried).” Please keep your prayer short and simple, but it is also alright even if you do not say anything. As soon as our thoughts arise, the thoughts are precisely recorded in the spiritual world.
  • You can write the above prayer down, and recite your prayer once each time before you recite Little Houses. Gradually, you will be able to remember your prayer.
  • Some foreign spirits in the underworld or Asura realm tend to refuse to proceed to a higher level in the realms. Instead, they transfer the merits from Little Houses into their currency or energy and spend it all. Sometimes no matter how many Little Houses we recite for them, the transferring of merits would not be successful. It is best to ask Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to protect and bless them so that they can transform the merits into energy and help them to proceed to a better place.

[Updated 2012.04.22]