Om Mani Padme Hum


In the Center, we have many items that feature these sacred words. But what exactly does it mean? The word Mani means “jewel” or “bead,” which is fitting due to where people generally see the phrase. Often times, you will see “Om Mani Padme Hum” engraved in stones or written on paper for all to see. The word, Padme, on the other hand, means “lotus flower.” But in the right context, the lotus flower isn’t just a popular flower for the originating Buddhists. It was seen as the flower, and its spiritual importance is extremely significant for Buddhists. Putting the words together, Manipadme then is connotative and articulates the bodhisattva (Sanskrit for being with the bohdi, which is a term for the state of being involving being enlightened). This mantra, as a whole, Om Mani Padme Hum, happens to be the most widely used of all Buddhist mantras.

Tibetan Buddhists have used this mantra (or prayer) for centuries. It is believed that by saying these words, you will invoke blessings and embody compassion. Anyone can use the saying as it does not require an initiation by a lama. By saying this mantra, you will elevate your mind. In order to truly understand the meaning, we must break each word down.
OM: A blessed word that helps you to achieve success as you practice generosity.
MA: Helps achieve the practice of pure ethics.
NI: Helps perfect tolerance and patience.
PAD: Helps to achieve perseverance.
ME: Helps achieve the art of concentration.
HUM: Helps perfect the practice of inner wisdom.

“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]” – The 14th Dalai Lama

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