Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door - The Three Golden Practices

Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door – The Three Golden Practices

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Recitation, Making Great Vows, Life Liberation

About Recitation of Scriptures
A Guide to Recitations for Beginners
About Recitation of Scriptures

Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door’s three fundamental pillars of scriptures are the Great Compassion Mantra, Heart Sutra, and the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance.

While recitation of the Great Compassion Mantra help strengthen our energy and maintain physical health, recitation of the Heart Sutra allows us to develop our wisdom and resolve frustrations and worries. Recitation of the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance helps us repent our wrong doings and eliminate our negative karmic obstacles.

Recitations of the ten short mantras help to resolve the many problems that we face in our daily lives. For example, Chieh Chieh Chou (Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots) and Ta Chi Hsian Tien Nu Chou (Sri Devi Dharani) help us improve our relationships with people and resolve interpersonal conflicts, whereas reciting the Chun Ti Shen Chou (Cundi Dharani) helps us in areas of career advancement and academic achievements.

As long as we persist in our practice of reciting the abovementioned mantras in the Buddhist Recitation Collection, we can eliminate our negative karmic obstacles, obtain prosperity and good fortune, and change our destiny. Only by performing the recitations with a sincere heart can we form a connection with the Buddha and Bodhisattvas and obtain compassionate blessings and protection. Recitations not only can help us purify our negative karma, but also allows us to tap into our inner wisdom and nurture our good roots.

A Guide to Recitations for Beginners
  • Daily Recitation refers to the fixed number of sutras and mantras to be recited every day. For example, you can recite the Great Compassion Mantra 3 times, Heart Sutra 3 times, Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance once, and Cundi Dharani 21 times.
  • Performing Daily Recitation is as important as daily food intakes, and it is like earning an income for daily living expenses. On the other hand, reciting Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzi), is like paying installments on house loan or other loan repayments. Please take note that the Sutras and mantras recited for Daily Recitation cannot be included in the Little Houses. 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.
  • The full title of each sutra and mantra should be read out each time before it is recited. For example, before reciting the content of the Great Compassion Mantra, you should recite its full title: Chien Shou Chien Yan Wu Ai Ta Pei Hsin To Lo Ni; whereas in reciting the Heart Sutra, you should first recite its full title: Po Jo Po Lo Mi To Hsin Ching.
  • It is best to say the corresponding prayers for blessings 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 (first name, middle name, and last name) must be announced before you begin reciting in order for the merits to take full effect.
Step 1

Recite the Mantra for Purifying Verbal Karma (Jing Kou Ye Zhen Yan) 净口业真言 7 times.

Step 2

Offer Incense if you have a Buddhist altar. Otherwise, offer Heart Incense.

Note: DO NOT KNEEL DOWN OR BURN JOSS STICKS if you don’t have a Buddhist altar.

Step 3

Recite “Respectfully invite the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva”. (3 times)

Step 4

It is necessary to recite the following sutras/mantras daily as part of your Daily Recitation, starting with the Great Compassion Mantra (Da Bei Zhou). The order of reciting other sutras/mantras does not matter.

Recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Da Bei Zhou) 千手千眼无碍大悲心陀罗尼 (3 – 7 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health and strengthen my spiritual power.”

Recite the Heart Sutra (Bo Re Bo Luo Mi Duo Xin Jing) 般若波罗蜜多心经 (3 – 7 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me wisdom, calmness and a pure mind; relieve me of afflictions.”

Recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Da Chan Hui Wen) 礼佛大忏悔文(1–7 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me repent and eliminate karmic obstacles (in the body or parts of the body), grant me good health and wisdom.”


 

You may wish to add the following sutras/mantras to your Daily Recitations according to your situation. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that a beginner include Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra in Daily Recitations.

*Recite the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Jing Tu Shen Zhou) 往生净土神咒 (21, 27 or 49 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help the spirits of the deceased, whose death I caused, ascend to a higher spiritual realm, and help me eliminate karmic obstacles.”

*Recite the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Jie Jie Zhou) 解结咒 (21, 27 or 49 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me dissolve my negative karmic affinity with <the other party’s full name>.” Note that “the other party” can be your relative, friend, or colleague, etc.

*Recite the Jvala Mahaugra Dharani (Xiao Zai Ji Xiang Shen Zhou) 消灾吉祥神咒 (21, 27, or 49 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me dispel calamities, and bring me safety and good fortune.”

*Recite the Cundi Dharani (Zhun Ti Shen Zhou) 准提神咒 (21, 27, or 49 times)

Recommended prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good fortune and allow my wishes to be fulfilled (success in career, a happy marriage, good exam results, or any other reasonable wish you may have).”

Step 5

Recite the Mantra for Rectifying Errors in Recitation (Bu Que Zhen Yan) 补闕真言 (3 or 7 times) Recite this mantra after completing your Daily Recitations. You do not need to recite this after each sutra or mantra.

Step 6

Recite the Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani (Qi Fo Mie Zui Zhen Yan) 七佛灭罪真言 (3 times)

Step 7

After you have done the above steps, recite “Deep gratitude to the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva for protecting and blessing me, <your full name>.”

Note

*If an interruption occurs while you are reciting, it is recommended that you start the sutra/mantra all over again.


*It is necessary to recite the full title every time you recite a sutra/mantra.


*You can recite sutras/mantras anytime between 5AM and 12AM. Avoid reciting between 2AM and 5AM.


*In the event of critical illness, occurrence of cancer, or prior to surgery, recite《Da Bei Zhou, 大悲咒》21 or 49 times (the more the better) every day. Before reciting, say the prayer ” May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva treat <your full name’s illness regarding which part of your body>, and grant me good health”.


*The Heart Sutra (Xin Jing) and the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra (Wang Sheng Jing Tu Shen Zhou) can be recited until 10PM in good weather. If it is a cloudy or rainy day, recite them only during daytime. You should not recite them after 10PM, or during extreme weather, such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, or lightning. In addition, if you feel weak or uncomfortable when reciting these sutras and mantras, then recite them during the daytime on a sunny day.


*Daily Recitations can be divided into smaller sets to complete throughout the day.

(Revised by 2OR Secretariat in May 2017)

A Guide to Recitation of Little Houses
Books for Free Distribution
Collection of Buddhist Scriptures: Learning Guide to Recitation
A Guide to Recitation of Little Houses
Please click on the image to download The Guide to Recitations
  • Please read and understand fully before performing the recitations.
  • You are encouraged to visit our centres where there are volunteers ready to provide the guidance needed to help you get started in performing recitations. We also distribute scriptures, publications and DVDs for free as reference. As there are altars in the centres, you are welcome to come over to pray to Guan Yin Bodhisattva for protection and blessings.
  • For further enquiries, please contact us as we are happy to provide assistance to you.
Books for Free Distribution

You are welcome to visit the nearest centre to offer prayers to the Bodhisattvas and learn more details. All publications and information are available to you for free.

Collection of Buddhist Scriptures: Learning Guide to Recitation

A gentle reminder: It is advisable to play the recordings of Heart Sutra and Wang Sheng Chou indoors and during the daytime only. Please refrain from playing them when travelling in vehicles.

About Making Great Vows
Making Great Vows
Making vows to lead others to practise Buddhism
About Making Great Vows
  • Performing recitations, making Great Vows, and performing Life Liberation are the three Golden Practices given by the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva. We must use them appropriately. It is important for a Buddhist cultivator to make great aspirations.
  • Making Great Vows is presenting yourself in front of the statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas, quietly or softly request Buddha and Bodhisattvas to protect and bless you, to perform miracles, and to help you resolve your difficulties, worries, disasters, or calamities. At the same time, you may make vows as follows:
  1. Eat vegetarian on the 1st and 15th day of each lunar month for the rest of your life;
  2. Not eat live creatures for the rest of your life;
  3. Not perform the act of killing for the rest of your life;
  4. Persistently perform good deeds every day;
  5. Offer gold plating for statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas;
  6. Introduce Buddhism to a certain number of people and help to liberate them from sufferings within a certain period.
  7. Perform merits and give donations for the printing of books and reproduction of CDs.
  • The power of the Great Vow to liberate people from suffering is immeasurable
  • If you have made a vow to be vegetarian on every 1st and 15th of each lunar month, but later you forget about it, or you are unable to fulfill your vow due to exceptional circumstances, you can inform Guan Yin Bodhisattva in advance, and practise vegetarianism on an earlier or later date. However, this can only be done occasionally and not frequently. Another alternative is that when you make your vow initially, you do not need to specify that you will be vegetarian on the 1st and 15th of each lunar month, but instead you state that you will be vegetarian for two days every month. This would be more flexible.
  • Once you have made Great Vows, you must persistently honor your vows. If you cannot fulfill your vows simply due to personal reasons, then it is very likely that you would receive karmic retributions.
  • For those of you who are not practising Guan Yin Dharma Citta Door, you will have to go back to the temple to redeem your vow which you have made earlier. You will have to make incense offerings, perform prostration, perform merits and dana before the statue of Bodhisattvas. If you have chosen to practise Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and follow the teachings of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, regardless of which temple or which Buddha or Bodhisattvas statue you have made your vows to, you may now perform prostrations to the Guan Yin Bodhisattva statue enshrined at your home or at a fellow Dharma cultivator’s home (if you do not own an altar), and express your gratitude to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas in the temple where you have previously made your vows, and fulfill your vows as promised.
Making Great Vows

Sincerely invite the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, saviour of suffering and disasters. (3 times)

May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, grant me good health and increase my spiritual power. Please help me to mindfully practise Buddhism.


I, <your full name>, hereby make my Great Vows to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, I will:
1)
2)
3)

May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, grant me good health, <or other reasonable wishes>.

Deepest gratitude to the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva.

Making vows to lead others to practise Buddhism
  • It is a Great Vow if you vow to lead a certain number of people to practise Buddhism. Many people hesitate to make this vow for fear that they would not be able to fulfill the vow.
  • In fact, liberating people is like providing education to others. A university professor lecturing university students is an act of providing education, a kindergarten teacher teaching children is also considered the same as well.
  • If Master Lu’s disciples ask Master Lu a question relating to Buddhism, and Master Lu gives an explanation to answer the question, then this is an act of liberating others from suffering. If your friends ask you how to recite Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu), or how to perform Daily Recitations, and you help them by explaining to them the procedures, then this is also an act of liberating people from suffering.
  • A good method for leading people to practise Buddhism is by answering enquiries regarding Buddhism, for example, replying to comments and answering questions on Master Lu’s blog. However, you must ensure that you are accurately answering questions based on the right view, right belief, right mindfulness and right thoughts. You must not deviate from the proper path.
  • Another good method is by writing your inspirational stories and sharing your experience with others to demonstrate the results of practising Buddhism. In this way, you can help more people believe in Buddhism and lead them to practise spiritual cultivation.
  • If you are unsure of how many people you are able to help, then when you are making your vow, you can say the following, “I (full name), make the vow that for the rest of my life, I will follow the teaching of the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva and have the will to save sentient beings from suffering and disasters. I will help as many people as I possibly can to cross over the sea of suffering.”
  • For those who are suffering severe illness, they may make the vow and say, “The Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, if I (full name) manage to survive, I would share my experience with others and use the rest of my life to advise people to believe in the Buddha’s teaching, to practise spiritual cultivation, and to believe in Guan Yin Bodhisattva.”
  • The merits gained from liberating people from suffering after making that vow is greater than the act of liberating people without making the vow.
  • Once you have made your vows, you must fulfill them. (For more information about failure to fulfill vows, please refer to Question No. 41 Metaphysics Q & A. It is advisable to make your vows within your means because you must not renege on your vows.)
About Life Liberation
Steps for performing life liberation
About performing life liberation on behalf of others
About Life Liberation
  • Performing life liberations take the form of three dana: the giving of materials, the giving of Dharma, and the giving of fearlessness. As life liberation has these three forms of giving, the virtues accumulated from this act are immeasurable. The greatest benefit that we receive from performing life liberation is that our calamities will be dispersed and our lives will be extended.
  • The groups that particularly need to perform life liberation include: Buddhist practitioners, elderly and middle aged people, elders with health problems, and people who want to perform acts of filial piety for their parents. Besides that, people who are engaged in the following occupations should also perform life liberation. They include kitchen staff, chefs, surgeons, doctors who perform abortions, undertakers and funeral parlor workers, pesticide and sanitation workers, animal farm butchers, crime detectors, forensic and medical personnel who perform post mortems. People in these occupations should frequently perform life liberation to offset the karmic effects from their jobs. However, it would be best to seek opportunities to change their occupations.
  • Time to perform life liberation: Any time during the four seasons throughout the year would be suitable. For people who would like to pray for longevity, it is best to perform life liberation on their birthday. Other significant dates include Chinese New Year Eve when people bid farewell to the old and usher in the new, the 1st and 15th of the Lunar Month, and the birthdays of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. You may also perform life liberation when you are experiencing your Karmic Passes. Karmic Passes are a predetermined period of time which follows a karmic pattern that calamities are destined to occur. Typical Karmic Passes include before hospitalization, major operations, after being diagnosed with severe illness, and after being involved in a car accident. To achieve the best results, it is advisable to perform life liberation on a sunny day because this is when the “Yang” energy is at its peak. Try your best to avoid performing life liberation during night time. It is alright to perform life liberation during cloudy or rainy days.
  • It is best to release animals that are commonly consumed by humans, such as fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, and clams. Other animals that tend to be killed or eaten by humans would also be suitable.
  • You should recite sutras and mantras when you perform life liberations. Performing life liberation helps us to eliminate calamities and increase longevity, while reciting mantras and sutras gives us protection. Hence, it is advisable to do both for the best results. You can start reciting the sutras and mantras on your way to the site. It is best to recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou). Before recitation, you should state your full name: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me (your full name), help me to eliminate calamities and extend my life. I will continue to cultivate and perform virtuous deeds.” After that, you may proceed to recite the Great Compassionate Mantra. The more you recite, the better the effect it will be. If you are performing life liberation on behalf of someone else, you can say, “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless (full name), help (full name) to eliminate calamities and extend life.”
  • Once you arrive at the site of the liberation, you can face the sky and say the following three times, “Sincerely invite the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva”. Then you can recite the Great Compassion Mantra once, Heart Sutra once and Chi Fo Mieh Tsui Chen Yan 7 times. Just before releasing the fish into the water, you may say the prayer once again, “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless (your full name/ relative’s full name), and help (full name) to eliminate calamities and extend life. (Full name) is releasing (number or total weight) of (fish, shrimp, or other aquatic creatures). Release the creatures gently to prevent hurting them.
  • If any of the aquatic creatures die during the life liberation, you need to recite the Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra to help them proceed to a higher realm. Generally, you need to recite the mantra 3 times for every shrimp or prawn, 7 times for every crab, and 7 times for every fish that died.
  • It is best to use your own money to purchase the animals or aquatic creatures for life liberation. If you perform life liberation on behalf of your family members, it is also best if they can use their own money for the liberation.
Steps for performing life liberation

Prayer for Performing Life Liberation

1) Arrive at the site of life liberation, looking at the sky, say your prayer to invite GuanYin Bodhisattva: “Sincerely invite the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva, savior of suffering and disasters.” (3 times)

2) Start recitation:
– Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) x1 time
– Heart Sutra (Hsing Ching) x1 time
– Sapta Atitabuddha Karasaniya Dharani (Qi Fo Mie Zui Zhen Yan) x7 times

3) Make your wish:
– Before releasing the fishes into the water, say the following prayer, “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless with good health, help to eliminate calamities and extend life, untie karmic knots and eliminate karmic obstacles (or other wishes you pray for). is releasing of <fish, shrimp, or other aquatic creatures.”

4) You may chant Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou), Heart sutra (Hsing Ching), Qi Fo Mie Zui Zhen Yan in the course of life liberation.

***Before performing life liberation, it is best to make a special prayer to the Bodhisattva by saying this , “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Dharma Protectors forgive me should any problem of environmental pollution arise in the course of performing life liberation.”
*** Performing life liberation helps us to eliminate calamities and increase longevity, while reciting mantras and sutras help to give us protection. Hence, it is advisable to do both for the best results. You can start reciting the sutras and mantras on your way to the site. It is best to recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou). Before recitation, you should state your full name: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me (your full name), help me to eliminate calamities and extend life. I will continue to cultivate and perform virtuous deeds.” After that, you may proceed to recite the Great Compassionate Mantra. The more you recite, the better the effect it would be.
*** It is best to choose a sunny day for life liberation
About performing life liberation on behalf of others
  • Sometimes the result of performing life liberation on behalf of family members will be reduced if they do not believe in this act or if they are opposed to it. However, performing life liberation is still better than not performing it at all.
  • If you choose to use your own money to perform life liberation on behalf of your family members, you will still achieve the desired result from the life liberation as long as you have said this prayer to the Bodhisattva before you purchase the fish, “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva have compassion and forgive me, I (full name) will use my own money to perform life liberation on behalf of (full name of family member).
  • An alternative would be to pray to the Bodhisattva in front of the altar before performing life liberation and say the following phrase: I (full name) will offer (amount of money) to (full name of family member), please regard the money as his/her own.
  • Once you have reached the site of the liberation, do not mention your name during your prayer. Instead, you may say: (full name of family member) bought (amount of fish/total weight of fish), May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva bless (full name of family member)… (Repeatedly mentioning your own name or repeatedly thinking about your own name will result in some of the merits being transferred to you instead)
  • After you have performed life liberation for any of your family members, it is best if you could inform him/her about the amount of lives liberated on his/her behalf. However, if this is not possible due to the possible negative reaction and opposition from the family member, you need not inform them to prevent them from committing karma of speech.
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