Q001: I am a beginner and I have never recited Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu) before. Recently I began reciting the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou), Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching), and Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen). Can I now recite the sutras and mantras of the Little Houses?

 

A001: Master Lu once said that beginners can recite 7 Little Houses as their first batch and address them to their Karmic Creditors. (The exact number depends on the individual’s situation.) In general, every week along with your Daily Recitations, you can offer around 3 Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”. You will need to offer extra Little Houses when you are visited by deceased persons or aborted babies in your dreams; experience nightmares, sudden illnesses or misfortunes; or when you constantly have a bad temper for no particular reason. All the above situations indicate that you currently have Karmic Creditors.

In general, if:

  • You are visited by deceased persons in your dreams, you need to recite 7 Little Houses for each individual and address the Little Houses to <full name of the deceased person>”. If you do not know the name of the deceased person, you can address them to the Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.[1]
  • You experience sleep paralysis, or you dream of someone chasing after you, giving you or asking you for money or gifts, or offering you food etc., it is recommended that you recite 4 to 7 Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.
  • You experience sudden illnesses or misfortunes, you can recite 7 Little Houses and address them to the Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.
  • You notice that you constantly have a bad temper, or have frequent conflicts with people around you for no particular reason, you can recite 7 Little Houses and address them to the Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.
  • You sense that foreign spirits are occupying your body, you can recite 4 to 7 Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”. Note that your intuition is very important.
  • You have had an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy before, you need to recite at least 7 to 21 Little Houses for each child. You can address them to “Child of <mother’s full name>”. Please do not add anything extra, such as “Aborted child of <full name>”, or “n-th child of <full name>”, etc. After you have recited the Little Houses, if you dream of well-dressed children looking very happy, generally it means that they have proceeded to a better place. On the contrary, if the conditions in the dream do not appear to be very good, it means that the children have not proceeded to a better place and you should continue to perform the transferring of merits to them by reciting more Little Houses.
  • For more details, please refer to Important Information about Little Houses.


[1] Your name should always be written in full <First name, Middle name, Last name> on the Little House.

 

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Metaphysics Q&A 001 – Reciting Little Houses for Beginners