Q022: Master Lu, are the effects of reciting the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) for cultivating virtues different from the effects of reciting it for the purpose of eliminating karmic obstacles due to negative karmas?

A022: 

  • Performing recitations is like taking medication from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In Chinese medicine, even a good medicine formula needs a guiding medicine to enhance the effectiveness. The overall direction for the recitation of the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance is fixed, which is to eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas. However, the prayer before reciting this sutra can vary with different individuals.
  • If you are reciting the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance to eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas, you can say the following before you recite, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, and help me to repent and eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas.”
  • If you are reciting the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance to cultivate virtues, you can say the following before you recite, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, and help me to cultivate virtues.” If you do not have many karmic obstacles due to negative karmas and you recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance to eliminate your karmic obstacles, the effects of your recitation will be transformed into the accumulation of virtues. In fact, the process of eliminating karmic obstacles itself increases your virtues.
  • When the black patches of negative karmas are gradually cleared from your body, you will become cleaner. Over time, the sutras and mantras that you recite, including the Great Compassion Mantra(Ta Pei Chou), Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching), and Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance can be stored with­in you.
  • If people experience no effects or signals after performing recitations for a period of time, it is because they have accumulated too many karmic obstacles due to negative karmas. Therefore, it is very important to recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance to eliminate our karmic obstacles. Once you have activated your karmic obstacles and your karmic obstacles have been transformed into foreign spirits, you need to recite Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu) and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.

 

[Updated 2012.04.26]