Daily Recitation (Kung Ko) is the fixed number of sutras and mantras to be recited everyday. Typically, you can recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 3 times, Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 3 times, Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) once, and Cundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 21 times.

The title of each sutra and mantra is given in English, with the Wade-Giles Romanization given in brackets. It is recommended to recite the title according to the Wade-Giles Romanization or Hanyu Pinyin.

Performing Daily Recitation is as important as daily food intakes, and it is like earning an income for daily living expenses. Recitation of the Little House (Hsiao Fang Tzu), on the other hand, is like making mortgage or loan repayments. Sutras and mantras recited for Daily Recitation cannot be counted towards the Little House. You need to make separate prayers for Daily Recitation and the Little House. The number of sutras and mantras recited for Daily Recitation and the Little House should also be counted separately.

It is best to say the corresponding prayers or wishes before you begin your Daily Recitation. Please limit to a maximum of 3 wishes, as making too many wishes would be an act of greed, and therefore not all of the wishes would come true.

If you are performing Daily Recitation on behalf of your family, friends or fellow Dharma cultivators, their full names[1] must be announced before you begin reciting in order for the transferring of merits to take full effect.

 


[1] “Full name” refers to “first name, middle name, and last name”.

Daily Recitation (Kung Ko)