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

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

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samsara, by which samsara is kept alive. Through reciting the twelve syllables

of the Vajra Guru mantra, these twelve links are purified, and you

are able to remove and purify completely the layer of karmic emotional

defilements, and so be liberated from samsara.

Although we are not able to see Padmasambhava in person, his wisdom

mind has manifested in the form of mantra; these twelve syllables are

actually the emanation of his wisdom mind, and they are endowed with

his entire blessing. The Vajra Guru mantra is Padmasambhava in the

form of sound. So when you invoke him with the recitation of the twelve

syllables, the blessing and merit you obtain is tremendous. In these difficult

times, just as there is no buddha or refuge we can call upon who is more

powerful than Padmasambhava, so there is no mantra that is more fitting

than the Vajra Guru mantra,

THE MANTRA OF COMPASSION

The Mantra of Compassion, OM MANI PADME HUM, is pronounced

by Tibetans: Om Mani Pémé Hung. It embodies the compassion

and blessing of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, and invokes

especially the blessing of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Avalokiteshvara is a manifestation of the Buddha in the Sambhogakaya,

and his mantra is considered the essence of the Buddha's

compassion for all beings. Just as Padmasambhava is the most important

master for the Tibetan people, Avalokiteshvara is their most

important buddha, and the karmic deity of Tibet. There is a famous

saying that the Buddha of Compassion became so embedded in the

Tibetan consciousness that any child who could say the word

"mother" could also recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM.

Countless ages ago, it is said, a thousand princes vowed to

become buddhas. One resolved to become the Buddha we know as

Gautama Siddhartha; Avalokiteshvara, however, vowed not to attain

enlightenment until all the other thousand princes had themselves

become buddhas. In his infinite compassion, he vowed too to liberate

all sentient beings from the sufferings of the different realms of samsara.

Before the buddhas of the ten directions, he prayed: "May I help

all beings, and if ever I tire in this great work, may my body be shattered

into a thousand pieces." First, it is said, he descended into the

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