Mantra of Buddha Shakyamuni

We are still on the topic of Buddha Shakyamuni. He is the historical Buddha, meaning that he lived among us in flesh and blood, setting the Wheel of Dharma going for us in our days and age. He was the founder of Buddhism and was the first teacher of the unbroken lineage of monks that come down to us today. His mantra is at once a homage to him as well as an expression of the supreme quality of Enlightenment that the Buddha embodies. This supreme quality is not limited to Buddha Shakyamuni himself; on the contrary anybody can have this quality, can become one with this quality, if they follow the Buddha’s teachings wholeheartedly. So when you recite this mantra, you reflect on the quality of the Buddha and express this quality out loud by yourself. So it is a very, very powerful mantra. It says “Om Muni Muni Mahamuni Shakyamunaye Soha.”  The chant is sung by Ani Choying Drolma:

 

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.

Jacqueline du Pre playing Mendelssohn

I accidentally found this very precious gem while searching for videos on Mendelssohn’s songs without words. I did not know that there is a song without words for cello. I have been a fan of Jacqueline du Pre. I think she was one of the best cellist the world has ever known. This is exquisite, as always for Mendelssohn’s music…

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.”