Om Mani Padme Hum is probably one of the most recognized Tibetan mantras if not in all of Buddhism, probably due to the presence of the Dalai Lama on the worldwide stage and his emphasis on compassion and compassion practice. the mantra is sometimes called the compassion mantra or mantra of compassion, because of its close association with Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion (which can be understood as a quality that is within us already, our own potential for open-heartedness and embodiment of compassion rather than something outside of us like a deity or being, etc.). the six syllable phrase can also be seen as a condensed version of all Buddhist teachings. i’ve included a slide that breaks down the mantra and the teaching within it for those interested.
that’s a lot of Buddhist stuff for my friend audience who aren’t Buddhist 😜, so i’ll share that the way i practice with this mantra and the way it seemed to speak to me years ago, is that it is a way of opening the heart. so as i recite it, i visualize my heart opening to the world around me, the situation i may be in. this includes other people, animals, life, and myself. this heart opening allows this quality of compassion, a quality we all have at our core, our true nature, to be free and embodied. this mantra has a special place in my heart, so much so, years ago i had it tattooed over my heart (see bonus pic 😂).
in past years, i’ve been gifted two Tibetan Singing Bowls with the mantra on them. i regularly use them. here is a black and white photograph i took of one of them one morning.
may all of our hearts open and may be embody this quality of compassion for ourselves, those around us, and a world in need.
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