Q013: Hi Master Lu, I was very lucky to have you perform Totem Enquiry for me. You told me that I have a lot of karmic obstacles due to negative karmas. I know that I am getting old and should repay my karmic debts as quickly as possible. I would like to ask: can I invite a friend, a classmate, or a lay Buddhist to help me and recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) with me? Would this be beneficial to me?


  • Asking someone to perform recitations for you is a very serious issue. If you invite someone who is well cultivated to help you, then you will experience positive effects.
  • If you invite someone who has not cultivated well, then not only will you not achieve positive effects from the recitation, this person is also likely to reduce your merits or even take your merits away from you.
  • For example, if an owner asks a greedy person to be his accountant – in the end the accountant will become very rich and the owner will have no money left.
  • Therefore, you cannot arbitrarily ask someone to recite for you. You must ensure that this person is not ill, and you must clearly understand this person’s background. This person must also have enough spiritual power and virtues, a kind heart, and be free of karmic obstacles due to negative karmas. Most importantly, it is best if you can find someone who is also cultivating under the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. It is recommended that you ask this type of person to recite for you.

[Updated 2012.04.22]