Q: Dear Master Lu, could you please tell us which particular sutras or mantras we should recite for the Chong Yang Festival (the Double Ninth Festival)?
A: Chong Yang is a special festival. According to the latest teachings by Master Lu, you can perform recitations as follows:
- You can recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance no more than 63 times on this day.
- You can offer up to 21 Little Houses to each recipient. For example, you may offer 21 Little Houses to a miscarried child, 21 to a deceased person, 21 to the karmic creditor of your house, and another 21 to your own karmic creditor.
- You can recite a special combination of sutras and mantras as follows: The Great Compassion Mantra 3 times and the Ru Yi Bao Lun Wang Tuo Luo Ni 49 times.
Before reciting, you may say the following prayer: “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, and help me have my wishes fulfilled and grant me good health.” You can recite this combination several times a day. There is no limit to the number of recitations; adjust according to your own capability. More recitations and praying will ensure smoother sailing in the future.