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

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394 APPENDIX FOUROM is also the essence of form, AH the essence of sound, andHUM the essence of mind. So by reciting this mantra, you are alsopurifying the environment, as well as yourself and all other beingswithin it. OM purifies all perceptions, AH all sounds, and HUM themind, its thoughts and emotions.Internally OM purifies the subtle channels, AH the wind, inner airor flow of energy, and HUM the creative essence. 2On a deeper level, OM AH HUM represent the three kayas ofthe Lotus family of buddhas: OM is the Dharmakaya: the BuddhaAmitabha, Buddha of Limitless Light; AH is the Sambhogakaya:Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion; and HUM is the Nirmanakaya:Padmasambhava. This signifies, in the case of this mantra,that all three kayas are embodied in the person of Padmasambhava.At the innermost level, OM AH HUM bring the realization of thethree aspects of the nature of mind: OM brings the realization of itsunceasing Energy and Compassion, AH brings the realization of itsradiant Nature, and HUM brings the realization of its skylike Essence.VAJRA GURU PADMAVAJRA is compared to the diamond, the strongest and most preciousof stones. Just as a diamond can cut through anything but isitself completely indestructible, so the unchanging, nondual wisdomof the buddhas can never be harmed or destroyed by ignorance, andcan cut through all delusion and obscurations. The qualities and activitiesof the body, speech, and wisdom mind of the buddhas are ableto benefit beings with the piercing, unhindered power of the diamond.And like a diamond, the Vajra is free of defects; its brilliantstrength comes from the realization of the Dharmakaya nature ofreality, the nature of the Buddha Amitabha.GURU means "weighty"; someone replete with every wonderfulquality, who embodies wisdom, knowledge, compassion, and skillfulmeans. Just as gold is the weightiest and most precious of metals, sothe inconceivable, flawless qualities of the Guru—the master—makehim unsurpassable, and above all things in excellence. GURU correspondsto the Sambhogakaya, and to Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha ofCompassion. Also, since Padmasambhava teaches the path of Tantra,which is symbolized by the Vajra, and through the practice of Tantrahe attained supreme realization, so he is known as "the VAJRAGURU."PADMA means lotus, and signifies the Lotus family of the buddhas,and specifically their aspect of enlightened speech. The Lotusfamily is the buddha family to which human beings belong. AsPadmasambhava is the direct emanation, the Nirmanakaya, of BuddhaAmitabha, who is the primordial buddha of the Lotus family, heis known as "PADMA." His name Padmasambhava, the "Lotus-born,"in fact refers to the story of his birth on a blossoming lotus flower.

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