Q080: Hi Master Lu, according to traditional Chinese folklore, those who are said to be Pure Children usually experience extreme difficulties in life. What sutras and mantras should they recite?
- The saying of Pure Children originated from Chinese countryside in the ancient period. In fact it means that they have a short expected life span and they may actually not live long. They are said to be very pure, but they cannot get married, as they would pass away at an early age if they do get married.
- The phrase Pure Children, or Pure Boys and Pure Girls, is emphasising the term “Child”. This term also has a hidden interpretation of “short” or “limited”. This is why Pure Children usually have a short expected life span. In general, Pure Children are reborn into the human realm from the underworld to suffer short-term hardships in life. Once they have finished their term, they will leave the human realm.
- Some Pure Children are also reborn into the human realm from the Asura realm or Deva realm (known as “heaven” in English) to fulfil their vows or to repay their karmic debts.
- Pure Children who are well-cultivated, and perform recitations mindfully and sincerely are also able to attain the right karmic fruits by self-cultivation. Most importantly, they need to recite more Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou), Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) and Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen), together with Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu). In addition, they should make Great Vows and perform Life Liberation.