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A mantra is very much like a
computer program, a good program. As destructive as a virus can be to a
computer, so equally as powerful to re-program and refresh to perfection
are these prayer "codes". These mantras are appropriate for work within a Medicine Wheel or
In preparation you will need to take
some cornmeal (or tobacco) and go out as soon as you can, at or just
after sunrise. The right hand is used in these ceremonies to make an
offering.This artwork brings alive the mystic spell of the heart sutra.
In the calligraphy the mantra flows like energy-waves creating a soft
rhythm that invites the viewer to join the vibration of the mantra.
In the heart sutra it says:
Therefore the mantra of transcendent knowledge, the mantra of deep
insight, the unsurpassed mantra, the incomparable mantra, the mantra
which calms all suffering should be known as truth, for there is no
deception. In transcendent knowledge the mantra is proclaimed:
GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA
Japanese rendering of the mantra:
GYATEI GYATEI HARA GYATEI HARASO GYATEI BOJI SOWAKA
English rendering of the mantra:
GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, COMPLETELY GONE BEYOND,ENLIGHTENMENT, HAIL
It is said that all the teachings of
the Buddha are contained in this mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum which can not
really be translated into a simple phrase or sentence.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme
Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent
attention and blessings of the bodhisattva, the embodiment of
compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the
same effect -- it is often carved into stones, like the one pictured
above, and placed where people can see them.
The Mani mantra is the most widely
used of all Buddhist mantras, and open to anyone who feels inspired to
practice it -- it does not require prior initiation by a lama
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama's
"It is very good to recite the mantra
Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on
its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast...
The first, Om [...] symbolize the practitioner's impure body, speech,
and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of
"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel,
symbolizes the factors of method-the altruistic intention to become
enlightened, compassion, and love.[...]"
"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[...]"
"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom,
symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates
"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[...]"
-- H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, "Om Mani Padme Hum"
The Mani Mantra is this:
Om Mani Padme Hum
You can purchase CD's of it and sing
along or simply chant it out loud or meditate with it.
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