Friday evening, January 5, 1973
38. On Honoring Tradition
Ven. Master Hsuan Hua
Every morning, our ceremony includes the ŚëraÚgama Mantra, the Great Compassion Mantra, and the Ten Small Mantras. For the evening ceremony, we alternate between the AmitÁbha Sutra and the Repentance before Eighty-eight Buddhas. On odd-numbered days we recite the AmitÁbha Sutra, and on even-numbered days we recite the Repentance before Eighty-eight Buddhas. Yesterday was the first of the lunar month, and so we should have recited the AmitÁbha Sutra. The day before yesterday was the 29th, and there was no 30th of the month. Today, we should have recited the Repentance before Eighty-eight Buddhas, but instead you recited the AmitÁbha Sutra. You aren’t very clear about the lunar calendar. Tomorrow, you should recite the AmitÁbha Sutra, even though you already recited it today. It looks like you’re deliberately being different, and the Chinese Buddhists who come here don’t know what’s going on. If you want to continue this way, it’s your choice. After all, in the Buddhadharma we cannot have attachments.