Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

by Acaana

January 28, 2013, Comments(2)
Spiritual development, Peace development

            On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/tib/omph.htm

    The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus

   by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet

   It is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while

you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the

meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, OM, is

composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the

practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the

pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.

   Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body,

speech and mind, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases

of being who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path

became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who

from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good

qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from

gradually leaving the impure states and their being transformed into

the pure.

   How is this done? The path is indicated by the next four syllables.

MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factor of method- the altruistic

intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.  Just as a

jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of

enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of

cyclic existence and of solitary peace. Similarly, just as a jewel

fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to

become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.

   The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as

a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud,

so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-

contradiction where as there would be contradiction if you did not

have wisdom. There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing

that persons are empty of self-sufficient or substantial existence,

wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality (that is to say, of

difference of entity between subject and object), and wisdom that

realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are may

different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom

realizing emptiness.

   Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and

wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable, HUM, which indicates

indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of

method and wisdom refers to one consciousness in which there is a full

form of both wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom.

In the mantra, or tantra vehicle, it refers to one conciousness in

which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one

undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five

conqueror Buddhas, HUM is the is the seed syllable of Akshobhya- the

immovable, the unfluctuating, that which cannot be disturbed by

anything.

   Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that in dependence

on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom,

you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure

body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. It is said that you should not

seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the

achievement of Buddhahood are within. As Maitreya says in his SUBLIME

CONTINUUM OF GREAT VEHICLE (UTTARA TANTRA) all beings naturally have

the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed

of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (TATHAGATAGARBHA), that is

to be transformed and full developed into Buddhahood.

(From a lecture given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet at the

Kalmuck Mongolian Buddhist Center, New Jersey.)

 


I Was Fortunate

Acaana

January 29, 2013, 11:50 am
to visit the ROM - Royal Ontario Museum this past summer and they have an exhibit dedicated to Buddha and the many deities that are a part of this cultures beliefs.

I have many pictures that I took, one is of Maitreya.

  Guanyin on a dragon throne 14th-15th Century 

  13th Century Maitreya

I  have others but they are still on my camera. Om Padme Mani Hum is my favourte chants.

Thank you for visiting, it really means a lot 

Brightest Blessings, 

Julie



Thank-you Julie:)

LotusLight

January 29, 2013, 11:00 am
This is very, very beautiful and sacred  ~
thank-you so much for sharing ~
namaste and blessings,
Tara.

Om  Mane  Padme  Hum ~

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