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Q&A 107. Performing recitations for Dharma Protectors

Q: Recently, some Buddhist practitioners proposed that we perform recitations for Dharma Protectors. They said that each of us has our own Dharma Protectors, and they also need energy and sutra and mantra recitations. Is this recommended?

A:

  • Dharma Protectors in heaven follow Buddhas and Bodhisattvas wherever they go; they are also Bodhisattvas.
  • They are Bodhisattvas who have already resolved to save sentient beings. They do not dwell on any gains or losses, nor do they seek fame or material gains. We should never perceive Bodhisattvas from a human perspective. Bodhisattvas do not ask for benefits or anything in return from the human realm.
  • If other spiritual beings try to communicate with you and ask you to recite for them or to send them energy, you can recite Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”. However, you should be cautious. A genuine Bodhisattva would never ask for such things.
  • The spirit world is far more complex than we can ever imagine. It is best to strictly follow the teachings of Master Lu. Avoid methods that are not yet taught by Master Lu for the time being to prevent undesirable situations from occurring.
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