The Benefits Of Chanting Om Mani Padme Hum

Barbara O'Brien is a Zen Buddhist practitioner who studied at Zen Mountain Monastery. She is the author of "Rethinking Religion" and has covered religion for The Guardian,, and other outlets.

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Mantras are short phrases, usually in the Sanskrit language, that are used by Buddhists, especially in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition, khổng lồ focus the mind with spiritual meaning. The most well-known mantra is probably" Om Mani Padme Hum"(Sanskrit pronunciation) or "Om Mani Peme Hung" (Tibetan pronunciation). This mantra is associated with Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva(called Chenrezig in Tibet)and means "Om, jewel in the lotus, hum."

The first syllable, OM, is not a word but an evocation of spiritual power & the presence of the absolute. It is known throughout Asia in several religions, especially Hinduism.The word Mani means "jewel" or "bead."Padme is the lotus flower Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment 

For Tibetan Buddhists, "jewel in the lotus" represents bodhicitta and the wish for liberation from the Six Realms. Each of the six syllables in the mantra is thought khổng lồ be directed at liberation from a different samsaric realm of suffering.

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The mantra is most often recited, but devotional practice may also involve reading the words, or writing them repeatedly. 

"The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy lớn say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, và Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pä, the fourth syllable, helps lớn achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, và the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
O"Brien, Barbara. "Om Mani Padme Hum." Learn Religions, Aug. 25, 2020,"Brien, Barbara. (2020, August 25). Om Mani Padme Hum. Retrieved from"Brien, Barbara. "Om Mani Padme Hum." Learn Religions. Https:// (accessed June 1, 2022).
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