Also known as Chenrezig (Tibetan),
smiling within your inner hearts
Even the body is not the body, what attributes can there be?
Let it be known to all Buddhists:
Do not cling to form.
The bodhisattva is you:
Not the picture or the image.
– Chinese poem
OM MANI PADME HUM By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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 is composed of three letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
Can impure body, speech, and mind be transformed into pure body, speech, and mind, or are they entirely separate?
All Buddhas are cases of beings who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving the impure states arid their being transformed into the pure.
How is this done?
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. Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of cyclic existence and of solitary peace. Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.
The two syllables, Padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-contradiction whereas there would be contradiction if you did not have wisdom. There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing that persons are empty, of being self-sufficient or substantially existent, wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality – that is to say, of difference of entity between subject an object – and wisdom that realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are many different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom realizing emptiness.
Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of method and wisdom refers to wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom. In the mantra, or tantric, vehicle, it refers to one consciousness in which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five Conqueror Buddhas, Hum is the seed syllable of Akshobhya – the immovable, the unfluctuating, that which cannot be disturbed by anything.
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. It is said that you should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the achievement of Buddhahood are within. As Maitreya says in his Sublime Continuum of the Great Vehicle (Uttaratantra), all beings naturally have the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (Tathagatagarbha), that is to be transformed and fully developed into Buddhahood.
The Six-Syllable Mantra ‘OM MANI PADME HUM’ is the heart mantra of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara as well as all the Buddhas. Avalokiteshvara is the compassionate embodiment of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; the mantra is the essence of the 84,000 (literally means uncountable methods) of Buddha’s teachings.
Reciting “OM MANI PADME HUM” is all-powerful and brings blessings to all sentient beings in the six realms of existence.
The benefits of reciting the “OM MANI PADME HUM” are:
Purifying our negative karma, removing obstruction, bad habits and ignorance.
Closing the door to the six realm of reincarnation.
Removing physical and mental sickness.
Repelling demonic forces.
Liberating us from samsara and thus allowing us to be reborn in Pure Land.
Lady Kuan Yin is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and she is known as one of the most popular deities in all of Asia. Her name in Chinese roughly translates as “The One who Hears the Cries of the World.” Many believe that she is the female representation of Avalokiteswara, the Tibetan and Nepalese Bodhisattva of Compassion.
In Asia, statues of Lady Kuan Yin can be found in front of, or on the grounds of, many Taoist and Buddhist temples. She is a Bodhisattva, a person who has earned the right to leave this world of suffering and enter nirvana, but has chosen instead to stay on this earth to help others reach enlightenment first. Because of her willingness to help, Lady Kuan Yin is the patron saint of barren women and protects those whose lives depend on the elements, such as farmers and fishermen. It is not unusual to see Lady Kuan Yin in various forms and poses. She always appears cloaked in white, the color of purity, and her gowns are long and flowing. Often she will be holding a rosary in one hand, a symbol of her devotion to Buddhism and its tenets. She will also have either a book (The Lotus Sutra, which refers back to her origins), or a vase, which symbolizes her pouring compassion on to the world.
With great acknowledgement and thanks to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), Ricardo B. Serrano’s beloved ascended immortal Tibetan Master spiritual guide, for Her divine blessings, guidance, help and protection. See Distance Healing and Meditation on Three Hearts
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