22 August 2009

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

May all beings have happiness and the cause
of happiness, which is virtue.

May all beings remain free from suffering and the causes of suffering, which are non virtue and delusion.


May all beings remain unseparated from the sacred
joy and happiness, that is totally free from sorrow.


May all beings come to rest in the boundless, all-inclusive equanimity beyond attachment and aversion.


May all beings be happy, content, and fulfilled.

May all be peaceful in harmony and at ease.

May all be protected from harm, fear, and danger.

May all have whatever they want, need, and aspire to.

May all be healed and whole again.

May this planet be healed and whole again.

May all beings awaken from their sleep of illusions and be liberated, enlightened, and free.

May all realize their true spiritual nature and thus awaken the Buddha within.

May all equally enjoy, actualize, and embody the innate Great Perfection.

Om Mani Padme Hung

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hung, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of Compassion.

Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect - it is often carved into stones and placed where people can see them.

Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel (or prayer wheel) is also believed to give the same benefit as saying the mantra, and Mani wheels, small hand wheels and large wheels with millions of copies of the mantra inside, are found everywhere in the lands influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra: Om Mani Padme Hung can not really be translated into a simple phrase or sentence.

The mantra originated in India; as it moved from India into Tibet, the pronunciation changed because some of the sounds in the Indian Sanskrit language were hard for Tibetans to pronounce.

Sanskrit form Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra of Avalokiteshvara

Tibetan form Om Mani Peme Hung Mantra of Chenrezig

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