Master Jun Hong Lu’s
Public Talk in Milan, Italy
23 September 2017
THE GREAT COMPASSION MANTRA POSSESSES THE EFFECT OF EIGHTY-EIGHT BUDDHAS GREAT REPENTANCE (LIFO)
There is an elderly lady in Guan Yin Hall who is illiterate. She doesn’t speak Mandarin and isn’t able to communicate in any of the other Chinese dialects. She is very committed to learning the practices of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, and has made a vow to practise vegetarianism her entire life. She gets up at 5am each morning to recite the Buddhist scriptures along with a mantra recorder. She has managed to master the recitation of the Great Compassion Mantra, Heart Sutra, and Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani (Qi Fo Mie Zui Zhen Yan). However, the recitation of LIFO still poses a challenge.
Master, may I know for elderly people such as this particular woman, when undertaking their daily recitations, can they perform a fixed number of Qi Fo Mie Zui Zhen Yan as a tentative substitute for LIFO?
Good question! As elderly people like her may not be able to recite LIFO, they may recite more of the Qi Fo Mie Zui Zhen Yan and Great Compassion Mantra instead. After reciting the Great Compassion Mantra, they may say a similar prayer to that of LIFO such as, ‘May Bodhisattva protect and bless me. If I have committed any misdeeds, may I be forgiven, etc”. You may not be aware that the Great Compassion Mantra possesses the same effect as LIFO.