Q039: Master Lu, what should we do if sutra booklets have been stored inappropriately and have become mouldy? Which mantra or sutra should we recite for our negligence? What should we do about the damaged sutra booklets? Thank you!

A039: 

  • If the sutra booklets are moist, then dry them in the sun if possible. If that is not possible, you should wrap them up with red coloured materials (e.g. red paper or red fabrics), and then put them aside for at least one year before you manage them.
  • After one year, you should recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 7 times, then wrap the sutra booklets and take them to a temple or monastery.
  • If the sutra booklets have become completely unreadable, then they are no longer considered to be sutra booklets. In that case, you can manage them at your own discretion.

 

[Updated 2012.04.25]