Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse
IN THE EVENT THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO COMPLETE OUR DAILY RECITATION, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Question: Our daily recitation can be rather substantial. Is it allowable for us to recite part of a certain type of scriptures a day before and we complete the remaining respective scripture the next morning? Is there a difference if a person completes his recitation in two days as compared to completing it in a single day?
Answer: In fact, this is a common problem. In the past, if a person is unable to complete his daily recitation, feels unwell or slow in his recitation, then he will complete his remaining recitation during the morning session on the following day.
Number 1: No matter which type of recitation you are doing, it must be done wholeheartedly. If you are unable to complete it today, then complete it tomorrow. It is the same. There is no great difference. However, if you do have the energy to perform your recitation, I still hope that you will complete the recitation within the day, as this is the best. If you are unable to complete your seven types of homework, you may recite a few times of Great Compassion Mantra and Heart Sutra.
For example, your daily recitation consists of seven kinds of sutras/mantras: twenty-one times of Great Compassion Mantra and Heart Sutra, you may recite one time of Great Compassion Mantra and Heart Sutra respectively. As long as you recite, even for as minimum as one time, there will be a natural continuation. Please do not, for example, recite all of the Great Compassion Mantra today and all of the Heart Sutra the next day. This is not the way to do it. Every sutra/mantra must be recited, even if it is for a minimal amount. This is to ensure that there will be a continuation the next day for these seven types of sutras/mantras in your recitation.< About Performing Recitation