Mantra Meditation

Mantras are often used as meditation devices by Buddhists. A mantra is basically a sound vibration. A constant repetition of a mantra (whether silent or aloud) can help to clear the mind of debris. Distractions fall away as the mind focuses on the repetitive sound. You can use a specific mantra for a specific spiritual purpose or you can use the mantra in a general way for focusing the attention and clearing the mind.

Different vehicles of Buddhism tend toward using different mantras:.

MANTRAS

Tradition

Mantra

Translation

Pure Land

Namo Amito

Glory to Amitabha

Tibetan

Om mani padme hum

Jewel in the Lotus

Nichiren

Namu myoho renge kyo

Glory to the Lotus Sutra

For example, according to Gen Rinpoche, Om mani padme hum is associated with Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. This mantra has six syllables. Each of the six syllables is said to aid you in the perfection of the six paramitas of the bodhisattvas. The six paramitas are: generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration, and wisdom. Chanting the mantra Om mani padme hum will help you master these six perfections.

Mastering these six perfections will help you to become a more compassionate person.

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