The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

APPENDIX FOUR

Two Mantras

The two most famous mantras in Tibet are the mantra of

Padmasambhava, called the Vajra Guru Mantra, OM AH HUM

VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM, and the mantra of Avalokiteshvara,

the Buddha of Compassion, OM MANI PADME HUM.

Like most mantras they are in Sanskrit, the ancient sacred language

of India.

THE VAJRA GURU MANTRA

The Vajra Guru mantra, OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA

SIDDHI HUM, is pronounced by Tibetans: Om Ah Hung Benza

Guru Péma Siddhi Hung. This exploration of its meaning is based on

explanations by Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

OM AH HUM

The syllables OM AH HUM have outer, inner, and "secret" meanings.

At each of these levels, however, OM stands for the body, AH

for the speech, and HUM for the mind. They represent the transformative

blessings of the body, speech, and mind of all the buddhas.

Externally OM purifies all the negative actions committed through

your body, AH through your speech, and HUM through your mind. 1

By purifying your body, speech, and mind, OM AH HUM grants the

blessing of the body, speech, and mind of the buddhas.

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