Q126: Hi Master Lu, a fellow Dharma cultivator told me that we can eliminate our karmic obstacles due to negative karmas if we perform the transcribing of sutras. I have burnt a portion of the sutra. Now I am following the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, and I do not dare to burn sutra booklets again. What should I do with the sutras that I have transcribed in the past?

A126:

  • The act of performing the transcribing of sutras itself is fine. However, if during the process of performing the transcribing of sutras, you make a mistake or you have inappropriate thoughts in your mind, then it would be disrespectful to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is therefore not encouraged.
  • For the sutras that you have transcribed, you should never burn them. You can wrap the sutra booklet with red coloured materials (e.g. red paper or red fabrics), and store it aside for 6 months to one year. You can then recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 7 times before you manage them.
  • If you have already burnt sutra booklets, and in your consciousness you constantly feel guilty about it, then it means that karmic obstacles due to negative karmas have already formed in your eighth consciousness and you will receive karmic retributions. You must recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance 21 times to repent. If you do not have any special feelings or you do not feel particularly guilty about it, then it is alright. However, you must never burn sutra booklets again.

 

[Updated 2012.06.27]