Collection of mantras

Om Mani Padme Hum

Tibetan script

ཨོཾ་མ་ནི་པདྨ་ཧཱུྃ

Sanskrit script

ओं मणिपद्मे हूं

English phonetical

Om Mani Padme Hum
Audio sound of this mantra:

Alternative content

Om Mani Padme Hung pronunciation

Definition

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ (Sanskrit: ओं मणिपद्मे हूं) is the six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Chenrezig, Chinese Guanyin), the bodhisattva of compassion. Mani means "jewel" or "bead" and Padma means "the lotus flower", the Buddhist Sacred Flower.
 
The mantra is especially revered by devotees of the Dalai Lama, as he is said to be an incarnation of Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara.
 
It is commonly carved onto rocks or written on paper which is inserted into prayer wheels, said to increase the mantra's effects.

References

  1. Alexander Studholme: The Origins of Om Manipadme Hum. Albany NY: State University of New York Press, 2002 ISBN 0-7914-5389-8
  2. A.H. Francke: The Meaning of Om Mani Padme-Hum, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1915