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Q&A 12. Experiencing tingling sensations when performing recitations

Q: Dear Master Lu, I am currently reciting the Great Compassion Mantra 7 times, the Heart Sutra 7 times, and the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance 3 times in the morning. I experience tingling only when I recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance. I do not have this feeling when I am not reciting. Moreover, the tingling occurs only in certain parts of my body. It is not intense, but just a mild tingling sensation.

A:

  • If you experience tingling only when you recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance, then this represents a response from your karmic obstacles. In fact, it presents the best opportunity for you to eliminate your karmic obstacles. (That is why listeners often call into Master Lu’s radio program and ask about the quantity and location of their karmic obstacles, so that they can specifically target certain areas.)
  • The best solution to eliminating karmic obstacles is to recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance, along with Little Houses (that is, a combination of designated sutras and mantras). As a rule of thumb, you can recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance3 times per day for two to three months, or 7 times per day for one month.
    Before reciting, you should say, “May the Greatly Merciful and Greatly Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, help me to repent and eliminate karmic obstacles in my < the parts of your body where you feel tingling>.”
    During this period, you should also recite about 3 Little Houses per week, addressing them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”, until you have fully recovered. However, if you experience pain in that particular area of your body and the pain suddenly intensifies, then it is very likely that the karmic obstacles have been activated. You should burn 4 to 7 Little Houses right away.
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