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Meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum
By His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
| Om -
Three letters combined into one sound. Represents
body, speech & mind in two ways. First, the
contaminated body, speach and mind transforming into,
second, the purified and perfected body speech and mind.
Mani - Symbolizes method and
altruism. This dual meaning incorporates what to practice
and the motivation and reasons for practicing. Such as to
produce a warm good heart.
Padme - Lotus Wisdom,
interdependence, emptiness, ultimate non dual absorption.
Hum - Has many different
interpretations. In this case - method and wisdom must be
combined, inseparable for genuine practice.
The Benefits of Reciting
Om Mani Padme Hum
By Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM are like the infinite
sky. Depending on how perfectly qualified one’s mind is and on one’s
motivation, even reciting OM MANI PADME HUM one time can purify
negative karma. For example, a fully ordained monk who has received
all four defeats can completely purify that very heavy negative
karma by reciting OM MANI PADME HUM one time. So it is very
||What Masters Say
Reciting One Thousand Mantras Each Day
In the teachings it is said the benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME
HUM are so many that the explanation will never finish. It is
explained that if one recites OM MANI PADME HUM one thousand times
every day, then one’s children up to seven generations will not be
reborn in the lower realms. So if, for example, parents recite one
thousand mantras every day then their children, their children’s
children and so forth up to seven generations will never be reborn
in the lower realms. So parents have quite a responsibility! This is
one way that parents can benefit their children and grandchildren.
If one recites the OM MANI PADME HUM mantra one thousand times every
day, then one’s body becomes blessed. So when a person who recites
one thousand OM MANI PADME HUM every day goes into water, into a
river or ocean for example, that water becomes blessed. Whoever that
water touches fish, tiny or big animals, or tiny insects, the
negative karma of all those sentient beings is purified and they do
not get reborn in the lower realms.
If one recites one thousand OM MANI PADME HUM every day, then at the
time of death, when the body is burnt, even the smoke that comes
from it purifies the negative karma of whoever it touches or whoever
smells it. The negative karma of those sentient beings to be reborn
in the lower realms is purified.
Fifteen Major Benefits
There are fifteen major benefits, which are the same for both the
long and the short mantra. Actually, there are so many benefits but
if one can remember these fifteen, these are the most important, the
In all lifetimes, one will meet with virtuous kings - religious
kings like His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other virtuous leaders -
and by being in such a place where there is a virtuous king one will
have much opportunity to practice Dharma.
One will always be reborn in virtuous places where there is a lot of
Dharma practice, where there are lots of temples, where one can make
lots of offerings, where there a lot of holy objects, statues,
stupas and so forth. Being in a place where there are all these holy
objects gives one the opportunity to practice Dharma, to create the
cause of happiness, to accumulate merit. And being in a place where
there are many in the city doing practice inspires oneself to
practice Dharma, the cause of happiness.
One will always meet with fortunate times and good conditions, which
will help your Dharma practice. Having many good things happen it
inspires you to practice Dharma, to receive teachings and to
One will always be able to meet with virtuous friends.
One will always receive a perfect human body.
One’s mind will become familiar with the path, with virtue.
One will not allow one’s vows, one’s morality to degenerate.
People around you - family, Dharma students, people in the office,
and so one - will be kind and harmonious with you.
You will always have wealth, the means of living.
You will always be protected and served by others.
Your wealth will not be stolen or taken away by others.
Whatever you wish will succeed.
You will always be protected by virtuous nagas and devas.
In all lifetimes, you will see Buddha and be able to hear the
By listening to the pure Dharma, you will be able to actualize the
profound meaning, emptiness.
It is said in the teachings that anybody who recites this mantra
with compassion - devas or humans - will receive these virtues. In
addition, the mantra has the power to heal many diseases and to
protect from any harms.
The Compassionate Buddha manifesting in the form of the mantra leads
us to enlightenment. In relation to the Holy Body of the
Compassionate Buddha we make offerings, accumulate merit, purify and
meditate. Then the Compassionate Buddha manifests in the form of the
mantra OM MANI PADME HUM. Reciting this mantra purifies our negative
karma and causes us to actualise the whole path from guru devotion
through renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness up to the two stages
of tantra. Then we are able to bring all sentient beings to
enlightenment. That is how the mantra benefits us. It is the
Compassionate Buddha’s holy speech manifesting in an external way in
order to benefit us
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