The Benefits Of Chanting Om Mani Padme Hum


Takeaway: Om Mani Padme Hum is a well-loved Buddhist mantra commonly translated as, "The jewel is in the lotus."

There’s a good reason why the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra is at the heart of many Buddhist traditions.

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It is because every one of the Buddha’s teachings is believed to reside within this one powerful mantra. It is repeated over & over again to invoke the loving and unconditional qualities of compassion.

Whether said out loud or silently khổng lồ oneself, this is one mantra you’ll want lớn practice khổng lồ connect with your innately loving and compassionate nature.


Using a Mani with the Mantra

Across Northern India, Nepal and Tibet, you’ll often see this beloved mantra etched in stone.

Modern seekers lượt thích lớn buy rings with the mantra engraved on them because it is said that even the simple act of gazing upon the mantra will bring about the same benevolent effects. Prayer wheels of various sizes, also called mani, are used for the meditation of Om Mani Padme Hum as well.

Buddhist practitioners spin these large prayer wheels or small h& wheels while meditating upon or chanting the mantra, simultaneously receiving its many blessings.

Tibetan Buddhists believe sầu that each time a prayer wheel makes a complete rotation, it is equivalent khổng lồ the merit gained from completing a year-long retreat.

Understanding its Meaning

To really know our intentions & motivations behind any mantra practice we must know exactly what the mantra means.

This makes our practice more meaningful and personal.

Many people refer to lớn this mantra simply as the Mani mantra as it’s the most beloved & widely used amuốn followers of the Buddha. (Learn more in 5 Powerful Mantras and Their Sacred Meanings.)


According to lớn the Dalai Lama, Om Mani Padme Hum has the power to:

“transsize your impure body, speech và mind into lớn the pure body toàn thân, speech và mind of a Buddha.”

Tibechảy culture tells us that to lớn deeply know this phrase — to bring it into the very depths of one’s being — is lớn attain enlightenment.

Now, that’s saying a lot! If this is the case, we’ll all want to practice this mantra with great discipline and devotion.

Breaking Down the Mantra

Translating Sanskrit into lớn English is challenging as there are many levels of meaning within the language. Below is a basic understanding of the mantra agreed upon by the majority of Buddhist practitioners.

Om (or Aum)

The sound, Om, is believed khổng lồ be the primordial sound of all creation.

The universe was created with Om and it holds within it all that is, was & ever will be.


Buddhists believe sầu that the sound vibration of Om cleanses away pride. They also believe that the syllable of Om lives within the samsaric realm of the gods.

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Om helps us dissolve our ego và cultivate kindness và generosity whenever we recite it. (Learn more in 5 Benefits of Chanting OM.)


The ma syllable in mani is associated with dissolving jealousy & the attachment to lớn fleeting pleasures.


It lives within the samsaric realm of the jealous gods and reciting ma over và over helps us loosen our jealous attachments while cultivating ethical behavior. (Learn more in The Freedom in Letting Go.)

The ni syllable in particular is believed khổng lồ dissolve sầu our attachments khổng lồ desire và passion while cultivating our ability khổng lồ be patient with ourselves và others. It resides within the samsaric realm of the human being. The entire word, mani, means "jewel."


Pad is a syllable that dissolves our attachments to lớn the many prejudices & judgmental notions we have sầu while cultivating the quality of perseverance.


It lives within the samsaric realm of the animals.

This me syllable helps dissolve sầu our attachments to lớn being possessive while also cultivating our powers of concentration. (Learn more in Practicing Aparigraha (Non-Attachment).)

It resides within the samsaric realm of the hungry ghost.

Together, padme means "lotus," and represents wisdom.


With the syllable, hum, we work to dissolve our attachments to aggression & hatred.


We instead cultivate our own innate wisdom.

Hum is said to lie within the samsaric realm of hell. Hum also indicates that which cannot be disturbed by anything.

It is unshakeable và unmoveable.

The Jewel Is in the Lotus

As you can see, this is a powerful mantra with a lot of meaning behind it. The one phrase that is said to lớn sum it all up is this: “The jewel is in the lotus,” or “Praise to the jewel in the lotus.”


This is khổng lồ say that within all of us is the lotus flower, it’s just covered up by a lot of mud & muck.

Reciting this mantra over và over again, with the right intention, is believed to get rid of the mud & muck until we are as sparkling, pure, compassionate & wise as the lotus flower itself.

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According to lớn a lecture given by the Dalai Lama, while it’s a good idea lớn recite this mantra over & over again, one must simultaneously meditate upon the meaning of each syllable.

In other words, we have lớn practice with the appropriate intention và understanding of the mantra. (Learn more in Svadhyaya: Spkết thúc a Lifetime Getting lớn Know Yourself & Deepening Your Yoga Practice.)