Om Mani Padme Hum is the most common mantra in Tibet. It is recited by many Buddhists, painted on rocks, and carved on prayer wheels. The essence of all the teachings of the Buddha are said to be contained in this mantra. Literally meaning, “Om, to the Jewel in the Lotus”, this Tibetan mantra is said to invoke compassion. Repeating it is believed to purify the mind and body, and the mantra is also used for protection.
OM: Helps one to achieve perfection in the practise of generosity. ”In chanting OM, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.” (H.H. the Dalai Lama). Repetition of Om helps one maintain mental and emotional calmness, and to overcome obstacles.
MANI: Helps one to perfect the practise of pure ethics, tolerance, and patience. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolises compassion and love and the altruistic intention to achieve enlightenment.
PADME: Helps one to achieve perfection in the practise of perseverance and concentration. Padme means lotus, and symbolises wisdom. Lotus grows in the mud but is not stained by it, thus it is the quality by which we live in the world but are not affected by its impurities.
HUM: Helps one to achieve perfection in the practise of wisdom. It means inseparability and symbolises purity. This quality can be achieved by combining wisdom and method.
Om Mani Padme Hum. May this chant bring you joy and peaceful vibrations.