Om Mani Peme Hum

Here is the full length rendition of the Mantra of Compassion – Om Mani Peme Hum. The literal version is “Om Mani Padme Hum” but it is usually chanted the other way. The energy of the mantra will be channeled to you, linking you up directly with Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, directly:

 

Tara Mantra

There are many videos on Tara Mantra on Youtube, but this one stands out for its very beautiful music setting. You see a girl sitting and meditating. On top of her head is Master Tsongkhapa. Deep in his heart is the Bodhisattva Tara, and deep inside her breast is the letter TAM, her seed syllable, surrounding by the ten syllables of her mantra – Om Tara Tuttare Ture Svaha. This the standard method of meditating on Tara. The idea is to visualize that one ultimately is identified with the Bodhisattva herself. What this means is that one accepts all the qualities of Tara into oneself, so that there is no distinction whatsoever between oneself and Tara. Or to put it another way, one does actually become Tara in one’s meditation. This does not mean that one is having an illusion or is becoming crazy, like a patient who thinks that he is Napoleon; but it means that the aim of the meditation is to acquaint the mind with Tara herself. To become one with Tara means that one is losing oneself —  one is letting go of one’s own ego and one’s own personality, and merges into something much larger. It is pure spirituality. After identifying oneself with Tara, it is necessary that the practitioner ends the session with the ‘dissolution’ or ‘completion’ stage, where one visualizes that Tara dissolves back into her seed syllable, and finally into empty space, and then one remains within the meditation in emptiness — no thought, no fabrication. The two stages of the meditation — the visualization and the completion stage — always complement each other and the meditation will not be complete without both of them.

 

Manjushri Song and Mantra

This video is posted by Pandara99, whom I must know because he or she is affiliated with the Thousand Stars Foundation. He (I think I know now who he is) has posted this beautiful video about the Bodhisattva Manjushri. In Tibetan his name is “Jampelyang.” The song contains his mantra “Om A Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhi”. Manjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom and symbolizes the wisdom of enlightenment of all the Buddhas:

Heart Sutra

Here is a beautiful rendition of the Prajñaparamitahrdaya Sutra in Sanskrit. This Sutra captures the essence of Buddhist teaching in only a few sentences. These few sentences, however, can give rise to huge volumes of literature and commentaries. In essence, the Sutra says that everything is empty of their inherent character.

Medicine Buddha Mantra

I’ve found a very good website based in Thailand on aspects of Mahayana Buddhism. For those who do not understand Thai, you don’t need to. Just open the following link and listen to a very beautiful rendition of the Medicine Buddha Mantra, Om Bekandze Bekandze Maha Bekandze Raja Samudgate Soha. May the Medicine Buddha bless you with good health in both the body and the spirit.

White Tara Mantra

Here is a beautiful rendition of the heart mantra of Bodhisattva White Tara. She specializes in healing the body and the mind and in lengthening one’s lifespan.

May White Tara protect you so that you are healthy and free from afflictions!

Her mantra is: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayu Punye Jana Putrim Kuru Soha

Vajrapani Mantra

Vajrapani is the Bodhisattva of power and energy of enlightenment. He is usually depicted in a wrathful emanation, complete with a ring of fire to signify the power of “breaking through,” i.e., destroying the wall of ignorance that has enveloped us and kept us from being free. His basic mantra is “Om Vajrapani Hum.”

Medicine Buddha Mantra

Here is a video of the mantra of Medicine Buddha. He is the Buddha of all things related to illness, healing, doctors, drugs and medicine. You can receive the blessings of Medicine Buddha rather easily if you visualize his image and rays of blessings coming to you and recite the mantra, especially when you are taking meditation for your illness. But you can certainly do these all the time.