An oath taken before Buddhas and Bodhisattva to benefit the great masses should be carried out and fulfilled. However, in the opposite situation, an oath intended for selfishness, anger and hatred, greed, and harming the interests of cultivators and living beings, no matter when and where it was taken, absolutely must not be carried out or fulfilled. One not only must not fulfill such an oath but also must completely repent the sin of assisting the evil to destroy the good. In particular, an oath taken to a swindler or an evil master must be removed right away! Being disloyal to what is evil is turning away from the evil and pursuing goodness. Doing so not only is free of dark karma but also is meritorious.
However, some people still have the lingering fear of encountering the retribution from the oath taken. For safety and peace of mind, one who had impediment due to having taken an oath toward the evil can eliminate the vow made using Kuan Yin Bodhisattva’s Removing Oath Dharma:
In front of a worshipping statue or portrait of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, the practitioner first chants the Six-Character Great Bright Mantra 108 times or more. Then one immediately states a message to the Bodhisattva: My so-and-so oath was taken at a temple, before a swindler or evil master, or before a so-and-so fellow brother/sister. Because the oath I took belongs to evil speech and conduct, or this evil master is not a true cultivator or is a person who has receded from holiness to an ordinary being with evil views and whose conduct is unfavorable to living beings, I now clearly know the facts and do not wish to assist the evil to destroy the good. I respectfully beseech Namo Kuan Yin Bodhisattva to eliminate this oath of mine that does not represent correct views and turn it to ignorance and let it vanish. At this time, chant “Om, Ah, Hum” three times and then chant the Wish-Fulfilling Mantra seven times.
Then, the oath taken previously will have its seed removed and will vanish without a trace. Once you practice this dharma, not only there will not be vicious retributions, but also the fruit of correcting the sin and accomplishing the good will be produced.
However, you must know that oaths taken to do things that benefit living beings, do goodness and break away from the evil, and propagate and publicize authentic Buddha-dharma must be carried out and fulfilled and must not be removed. Removing a good oath means going into vicious karmas and will make one sinful. Therefore, one can only practice this dharma to remove oaths related to evil things and evil persons or harming the interests of the great masses.