Q088: Master Lu, which sutras and mantras should I recite so I can have a child?

A088:

  • When a person wants to have a child but cannot conceive, it is considered to be one of the eight sufferings in life, i.e. the suffering of not getting what one wants. Generally, there are many karmic conditions and causalities for not being able to have a child. It can be due to negative karmas created in past lives, wrongdoings committed by ancestors, or other reasons. Often these are serious negative karmas. You need to recite different combinations of sutras and mantras depending on the situation.
  • If you are sincerely asking Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to grant you a child, then you should recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7, 11, 21 or 49 times per day. It is best to recite the Great Compassion Mantra as many times as possible. Generally you should recite the Great Compassion Mantra at least 49 times per day when you encounter major problems, or suffer from serious illness. You should also recite the Great Compassion Mantra at least49 times when you are experiencing Karmic Passes. Karmic Passes is said to be a destined period of time when you experience major calamities that follow a karmic pattern predetermined by fate. You can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, and help me to eliminate any disorder in the reproductive system to allow me to conceive and give birth soon.
  • You should recite the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 or 11 times per day. You can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me wisdom and help me to eliminate afflictions.” This should be included in your Daily Recitation (Kung Ko). When you recite the Heart Sutra, you will gain wisdom. You will also feel happier and be able to view your problems with a broader perspective.
  • You should recite the Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 21, 49 or 108 times per day. You can say the following prayer: “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health, and allow me to conceive and give birth soon.”
  • You should recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 7 times per day. This is a very important sutra. Not being able to have a child is caused by major negative karmas. It would be best to recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance 7 times per day. At the beginning, if you cannot recite 7 times per day, you can start with reciting it 3 times per day, and then gradually increase it to 7 times per day. You can say the following prayer: “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas, especially in my reproductive system, and grant me good health to allow me to conceive and give birth soon.” If you know that there are problems with your uterus or ovaries, you can specifically state these parts of the body in your prayer. You can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to eliminate karmic obstacles due to negative karmas in <parts of body>, and grant me good health to allow me to conceive and give birth soon.”
  • Once you begin reciting the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance, you should also start reciting Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu). When you recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance, you are eliminating your karmic obstacles due to negative karmas, and some of the karmic obstacles due to negative karmas would be activated and transformed into foreign spirits. If you do not recite enough Little Houses to transfer merits to your Karmic Creditor in time, then your condition may be exacerbated. If you recite enough Little Houses in time to transfer merits to your Karmic Creditor, your condition would improve.
  • If you have had a miscarriage or an abortion in the past, then you should recite 7 Little Houses for each child to perform the transferring of merits, and address to “Child of <your full name>.” It would be better if you can recite more Little Houses.
  • If you have committed or contributed to a lot of killing for work purposes, then you should first change your career. In the meantime, you should recite the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra(Wang Sheng Chou) and say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, and help me to transfer merits to the deceased animals whose death I have caused.”
  • At the same time, you should make Great Vows. You can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, I vow that <I will never eat live creatures for the rest of my life; or I will propagate Dharma and cross over <number of> people; or I will be vegetarian for <number of> days per month, etc.>”[1] The greater the vow that you make, the stronger the effects. However, you should make vows that are within your capacity based on your current condition. You should also include the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, and grant me a child. I vow that I will perform more meritorious and virtuous deeds, and raise this child to be a good person who propagates Dharma.”
  • You should also perform Life Liberation as much as you can. Life Liberation encompasses the giving of wealth, the giving of Dharma, and the giving of fearlessness. It is best to release in large quantities, and the virtues are immense.
  • If you wish to conceive, then you should refrain from wearing high heels.
  • Guan Yin Bodhisattva gave us three Dharma Gems: performing recitations, making Great Vows, and performing Life Liberation. If you combine the above three practices, and sincerely ask Guan Yin Bodhisattva for protection and blessings, you will certainly have your wishes fulfilled. Countless Dharma cultivators have resolved their major problem by following the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and using the above three Dharma Gems.
  • We should also learn to respect the karmic condition and go with the karmic flow. According to Buddhism, everything in the world is the result of karma and causalities, and it is not up to us to reason or find justification. When you receive something naturally, then it is considered to be good fortune. However, it is best not to forcefully request for what you were not meant to have, especially when it comes to having children. If a child is given to you as a result of your forceful request, then it may not be fortunate, and this child is most likely to be one that has come into your life to collect karmic debts.


[1] You can perform one or more from the list.

[Updated 2012.04.26]