Q067: Dear Master Lu, in your “The Art of Applying Comprehensive Metaphysics” radio program you mentioned that after we pay respects to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and perform recitations, it would be best if we recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani (Chi Fo Mieh Tsui Chen Yan) 3 times. Please advise us on what we should do. Can we eliminate all our negative karmas in our present life by reciting the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani?

A067:

  • By reciting the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani, we can eliminate the negative karmas in our present life, or negative karmas that we just created, providing that we have not created severe ones. For severe negative karmas, we still need to recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen).
  • Recitation of the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani is very effective, but we cannot recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani to completely replace the recitation of the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance.
  • If you have altar at home, in the morning and at night, after you make incense offerings, perform recitations, and make full prostrations, you can recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani 3 times just before you stand up.
  • If you do not have an altar at home, you can recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani 3 times after you make the Heart Incense[1] offering.
  • Generally, you can also recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani 3 times after you have completed a portion of your Daily Recitation (Kung Ko), or after you have finished reciting the Little House (Hsiao Fang Tzu).
  • It is not required for you to say any extra prayer before you recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani 3 times.
  • Reciting the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani3 times helps us to become cleaner and more pure, and it also enhances the effectiveness of our recitation. At the same time, it can also eliminate minor negative karmas created on the day or during the week.


[1] Please refer to Q&A 094 “Regarding the difference between offering the Heart Incense and real incense”.

 

[Updated 2012.04.26]