Friday, September 30, 2011

The Compassion Mantra

Om Mani Padme Hum
Om (ohm)  Ma (mah)  Ni (nee)  Pad(pahd)  Me(may)  Hum (hum)
OM MANI PADME HUM, in Tibetan script on the petals of a lotus.

Buddhists believe that saying this 6 syllable mantra out loud or silently to oneself invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.
Chanting this mantra helps all living beings find happiness and in the process you will find happiness too.

Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect:
Om Mani Padme Hum can not really be translated into a simple phrase or even a few sentences. "Behold! The jewel in the lotus!" is often seen as a translation of the mantra though.

All of the Dharma is based on Buddha's discovery that suffering is unnecessary. Like a disease, once we really face the fact that suffering exists, we can look more deeply and discover it's cause; and when we discover that the cause is dependent on certain conditions, we can explore the possibility of removing those conditions.

For me, suffering usually begins as one little negative thought that spirals out of control. Chanting this mantra chases away all the junk in my head and brings me right back to the present moment. Peacefulness & bliss :)  

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

Listening to the Tibetan Incantations will totally bliss you out :) I've been playing it all morning and smiling.

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