Master Jun Hong Lu’s
World Buddhist Fellowship Meeting (Q&A Session)
7 December 2019
PRAY TO ELIMINATE CALAMITIES AND EXTEND LIFESPAN BY RECITING EIGHTY-EIGHT BUDDHAS GREAT REPENTANCE (LIFO)
Question: Some Buddhist practitioners vowed to transfer part of their lifespans for the benefit of their family members in the past. Are they able to extend their lifespans through making vows, performing recitations, performing life liberations and meritorious deeds, as well as reciting Sheng Wu Liang Shou Jue Ding Guang Ming Wang Tuo Luo Ni in the present?
Answer: Yes. You may do so by performing life liberation, followed by reciting the said mantra. Generally speaking, those who wish to extend lifespan will have to recite some Lifo. This is because the more you repent, the more you will be able to purify spiritually and the easier it is to extend your lifespan. Please remember, if you wish to extend your lifespan as you enter old age, you must recite Lifo.
Question: What is the suitable number of daily repetitions of Lifo we should recite and for how long should we continue?
Answer: Maximum is five or seven times. You may state the prayer, ‘I will recite five times Lifo, may Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, help me to eliminate my calamities and extend my lifespan.’ You must firstly pray to eliminate pre-destined calamities before praying for extension of lifespan. Because if you cannot eliminate the calamities, you would not be able to extend lifespan. Once you have eliminated the calamities, resolution of your negative karmic affinities and disasters will follow. It is only thereafter that you can extend your lifespan. Thus, in your prayer, you must always ask to eliminate calamities first, then ask to extend your lifespan.
Question: Thank you Master Lu.
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