(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
THE ACT OF MAKING A VOW IS VIRTUOUS
Caller: When we are releasing captive animals, how do we pray to transform our blessings into virtues? Can we say, “May Guan Yin Bodhisattva help me to resolve negative karmic ties, and eliminate my karmic debts. I will perform more virtuous deeds to help more sentient beings, to follow Master Jun Hong Lu to propagate Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door diligently”. Can we say the same after we perform the ‘Practice of Dharma Giving’ (to bestow dharma) or after we introduce Buddhism to the others? Will this help us to eliminate negative karma, gain wisdom and accumulate virtues? Master Lu, please enlighten me.
Master Jun Hong Lu: Please remember this. The act of making such a vow itself has merits and virtues. Let me give you an example. When you see a person drowning in the water, you say to yourself “I must rescue him. I am determined and I must do it”. Then you take off your clothes, change into your swimming suits and get ready to jump in the water. Right at that moment, you realise that the person has already been rescued by someone else. Even though the person isn’t saved by you, don’t you think your action would still earn respect and admiration? (Yes). Haven’t you gained merits and virtues then? (That’s right. Thank you for answering my question).
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