Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q4: How can reciting mantras eliminate karmic obstacles and prevent disasters?A4: Some people believe that reciting mantras to eliminate disasters is contrary to Buddhist concept of cause and effect. In fact, when we recite the mantra, we keep our minds pure and focused, which has the same effect as keeping the precepts to reduce the chances of committing wrongdoings, developing our wholesome roots, and transforming our minds. If we persevere and treat each mantra recitation as a sincere evocation and devotional prayer, the combined effects of both the mantra and our focused minds will correspond with the power of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas' fundamental vows. The Buddhas and bodhisattvas, in turn, will safeguard us in our practice and help us go through life's difficulties and obstacles.
Furthermore, although karmic retribution resulting from serious wrongdoings is not easy to change, sincere repentance can sometimes lighten the retribution of a serious misdeed due to the influence of new conditions on existing causes and effects. It is analogous to a time bomb: if someone knows how to defuse the bomb, a crisis can be averted. Therefore, fixed karma is not necessarily unchangeable.
Dharani Recitation Practice: Learning the Spiritual Codes of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Understanding the Structure of Dharanis
How to Choose Which Mantra to Recite?
The Methods of Reciting Mantras
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q1: What is the difference between chanting the Buddha's name and reciting the mantra?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q2: Will mispronunciation of the mantras impact its meritorious effect?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q3: Is the chanting of a mantra effective only when we know its meaning?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q4: How can reciting mantras eliminate karmic obstacles and prevent disasters?
Q&A about Mantra Recitation: Q5: Can a wish be fulfilled by reciting a mantra?
Resource: Issue 356 of Life Magazine, Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation
Photos: Issue 356 of Life Magazine, Dharma Drum Publishing Corporation
Translation: Bright Su
Editing: YKL, Keith Brown