WHAT OM MANI PADME HUM MEANS?

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Mani stone at Rinpoche’s house at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US. Phokhổng lồ by Chris Majors.

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The benefits of reciting the Compassion Buddha mantra are infinite, like the limitless sky.

Even if you don’t have sầu much intellectual understanding of Dharma, even if the only thing you know is OM MANI PADME HUM, still the happiest life is one lived with an attitude không tính tiền of the eight worldly concerns. If you live sầu your life with the pure attitude không lấy phí of attachment clinging khổng lồ this life and simply spover your life chanting OM MANI PADME HUM—this six-syllable mantra that is the essence of all Dharma—that’s the purest Dharma.

It looks very simple, very easy to lớn recite. But if you think of the benefits, it’s not at all simple. Here, I’d khổng lồ mention just the essence of its infinite benefits.

Reciting the Compassion Buddha mantra just once completely purifies the four defeats of breaking the four root vows of self-liberation và the five uninterrupted negative sầu karmas1.

It is also mentioned in the tantras that by reciting this mantra you achieve the four qualities of being born in the Amitabha Buddha pure land và other pure lands; at the time of death, seeing Buddha và lights appearing in the sky; the devas making you offerings; & never being reborn in the hell, hungry ghost or animals realms. You will be reborn in the pure l& of Buddha or as a happy transmigratory being.

When one who recites ten malas a day goes swimming, whether in a river, an ocean or some other body toàn thân of water, the water that touches that person’s body gets blessed.

It is said that up to seven generations of that person’s descendents won’t get reborn in the lower realms. The reason for this is that due lớn the power of mantra, the body toàn thân is blessed by the person reciting the mantra & visualizing their body toàn thân in khung of the holy toàn thân of Chenrezig. Therefore, the body becomes so powerful, so blessed that this affects the consciousness up to lớn seven generations & has the effect that if one dies with a non-virtuous thought, one is not reborn in a lower realm.

Thus, when a person who has recited ten malas of OM MANI PADME HUM a day goes inlớn a river or an ocean, the water that touches the person’s body toàn thân gets blessed, and this blessed water then purifies all the billions và billions of sentient beings in the water. So it’s unbelievably beneficial; this person saves the animals in that water from the most unbelievable suffering of the lower realms.

When such a person walks down a road & the wind touches his or her body và then goes on to touch insects, their negative sầu karma gets purified and causes them khổng lồ have sầu a good rebirth. Similarly, when such a person does massage or otherwise touches others’ bodies, those people’s negative karma also gets purified.

Such a person becomes meaningful khổng lồ behold; being seen and touched becomes a means of liberating other sentient beings. This means that even the person’s breath touching the bodies of other sentient beings purifies their negative sầu karma. Anytoàn thân who drinks the water in which such a person has swum gets purified.

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We are unbelievably fortunate khổng lồ have sầu met the Dharma và to lớn have sầu the opportunity lớn vày recitation và meditation on the Compassion Buddha. It is an easy way of purifying whatever negative sầu karma we have collected, in not only this life but in many previous lives as well.

Because we have sầu met the Buddhadharma, and especially this method—the practice of Compassion Buddha & recitation of his mantra—it is easy to lớn purify negative karma & collect extensive merit and thus to lớn achieve enlightenment. We are unbelievably fortunate.

Therefore, there is nothing more foolish than not taking advantage of this great opportunity. Normally, we get continuously distracted and waste our lives. Not only that, but all the actions done with ego and with the three poisonous minds of anger, attachment và ignorance create negative karma, the cause of suffering. In all existence, there is nothing more foolish than using this perfect human body to create only suffering.

In places such as Tibet, Nepal, India & Ladakh, there’s a well-established tradition of doing the Compassion Buddha retreat and reciting 100 million OM MANI PADME HUM mantras. The one held at Chenrezig Institute was the first such retreat held in the West & the first in the tamkyrt.vn organization. This is to lớn happen there once each year—only once each year!

If you’re feeling guilt in your life, you can overcome this through the purification of attending this retreat.

The retreat is not just chanting mantras with sadhanas, but also includes taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts, if not every day, at least frequently. Whatever merit you collect that day increases 100,000 times. This becomes such an easy & quiông xã way to lớn purify, collect extensive merit, achieve enlightenment & liberate sentient beings from unimaginable suffering và bring them khổng lồ enlightenment quickly.

Whoever attends a mani retreat is unbelievably fortunate. Even if you can’t attkết thúc the whole retreat, you can participate for two months, one month or at least a few weeks. You can vì even just one week. I especially hope this retreat will also be established in Mongolia, since their main food is meat and so many animals are killed there every day. This practice helps purify that. After our temple in Mongolia has been built, I hope that thousands of people will attkết thúc mani retreats there. Gradually too, I would like this retreat lớn be established in other parts of the West.

This retreat also blesses the country where it is held & brings so much peace, happiness and prosperity.

Even if you know the teachings on how to meditate on bodhichitta, you still need lớn receive the special blessings of the deity, Compassion Buddha. You receive these by doing the meditation & recitation we practice in the mani retreat. Therefore, recitation of OM MANI PADME HUM is one way to actualize bodhichitta–to transsize your mind inkhổng lồ bodhichitta and make your meditation on bodhichitta effective sầu.

Generally, according to my experience, in my home page of Solu Khumbu in the Himalayas of Nepal, there are people who live their lives chanting OM MANI PADME HUM but have no idea of the three principal aspects of the path–renunciation, bodhichitta and the right view of emptiness–not even the words. Even though they can’t read và don’t even know the alphabet, they have great devotion to compassion và bodhichitta and live their lives reciting OM MANI PADME HUM. Such people are warm-hearted, very kind, very compassionate. This is proof from my experience that it has the effect of transforming the mind inkhổng lồ a good heart & compassion.

Without bodhichitta, you cannot cause all the happiness for all sentient beings. You cannot vì chưng perfect work for all sentient beings, and you cannot achieve the complete qualities of the realizations và cessation, even for yourself.

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Thus, everyone is most welcome to lớn join the 100 million OM MANI PADME HUM mantra retreat.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions is for the tamkyrt.vn organization to establish 100,000 100 million OM MANI PADME HUM retreats.