Dear Master Lu: I am currently reciting the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times, and the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 3 times in the morning. I experience tingling only when I recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance. I do not have such a feeling if I don’t recite. Moreover, such tingling occurs only in certain parts of my body. It is not intense, just a mild tingling sensation.


If you experience tingling only when you recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance, not at any other time, then it represents a response of your karmic obstacles. In fact, it presents the best opportunity for you to eliminate your karmic obstacles. (That is why listeners often call into Master Lu’s radio program and ask about the amount and location of their karmic obstacles, so that they could tackle them head on.)

The best solution to eliminating karmic obstacles is to recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance, along with Little Houses (that is, a combination of designated Buddhist scriptures). As a rule of thumb, you can recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance 3 times per day (for 2 to 3 months) or 7 times per day (for 1 month). Before reciting, you should say “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me repent and eliminate the karmic obstacles in <the parts of your body where you feel tingling>.”

During this period, you should also recite about 3 Little Houses per week, addressing them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>” until you are fully healed.  However, if you experience pain in that particular part of your body and the pain intensifies, then it is very likely that the karmic obstacles have been activated. You should burn 4 to 7 Little Houses as soon as possible.

[Updated 2014.12.15]