PRAYERS & MANTRAS



Om Mani Padme Hung

Om Mani Padme Hung is the mantra associated with the bodhisattva of compassion known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit and Chenrezig in Tibetan. When recited in meditation or walking around a stupa, there are inconceivable benefits.

From the Dalai Lama:
“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. It is said that you should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the achievement of Buddhahood are within.

As Maitreya says in his Sublime Continuum of the Great Vehicle (Uttaratantra), all beings naturally have the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (Tathagatagarbha), that is to be transformed and fully developed into Buddhahood.”

First published in Kindness, Clarity, and Insight by The Fourteenth Dalai Lama His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso

As you walk around the Amitabha Stupa, think of all beings who are suffering, extending your heart out to them, and say this mantra. At the end, dedicate it on their behalf. You can say this mantra to animals, recite it at home, or anytime you feel moved.

(Posted by amitabhastupa, Instagram, 24 July 2023)