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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Om Mani Padme Om


Reading from left to right the syllables are:
Om
(ohm)

Ma
(mah)

Ni
(nee)

Pad
(pahd)

Me
(may)

Hum
(hum)

Buddha's Magic Mantra : Om Mani Padme Hum. 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.
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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 Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. 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. Click on The Prayer Wheel

The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching.
The Meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum.

1 Om - blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity,
2 Ma - helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and
3 Ni - helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience.
4 Päd - helps to achieve perfection of perseverance,
5 Me - helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration,
6 Hum - helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

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