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Mantra works!

Good in the beginning (when you may be unaware of the benefits)
Good in the middle - regular practice
Good in the end - phew bead counting done ;)

My fav. is:
often spelled 'ohm manic padme home' (not in this dimension)
or as the night crow just reminded me 'Cor core Caw' ...

What are your favourite?



  • Hi @lobster

    I'm glad you opened this thread. I've been reading quite a lot of the texts and mantras available (made available you) through the Lapislazuli-texts-website.

    I've learnt to play Om Mani Peme Hum on the harmonium and it is beautiful. Hopefully not getting attached to the music. Or is that not necessarily a bad thing? shrugs Yesterday I tried to recite it 1,000 times with a friend, but we just got close to 100...

    I also like the one quoted at the end of the Heart sutra:

    "Gyatei Gyatei Hara Gyatei Hara sou Gyatei Bo ji so wa ka."


    Hannya Haramita ShigyoooOOoooooo... :smile:

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Namo Amitoufo 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited July 2020

    Just when you thought you had a mind, body and voice ...

    Mantra, a revelation of the inner, manifest in the outer.

    You really can hear, experience and change yourself through mantra.

    Here is four for the price of one wot I learned.

    The compassion of Chenresig
    The wisdom ...
    The protection ...
    The second Buddha ...

    Cool! I made it into a comic a while back ...

    ... whatever your mantra notice:

    • The quality/timbre of your voice is related to your mind state/being
    • Increased focus on conscious breathing is a simple way into regular practice
    • Sound rite. Ritual regularity. Silent Voicing.

    Buddha speaks. Listen to Your Self.

  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    Really nice thread @lobster

    I’m not so much into mantra recitation but I am learning a few new things!

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran

    @lobster said:
    What are your favourite?

    I have a frivolous devotion to Vairocana -- we can call it a schoolyard crush. As a non-Tantrika, the only mantra I've ever received any degree of instruction in is

    oṁ a vi ra hūṁ khaṁ vajradhātu vaṁ

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    For some, mantra is the whole of Their Way.
    Not every mantra connects for us.

    For example:

    Breathing in ...
    Breathing out ...

    is an internalised mantra/mindfulness.

    That continual awareness and internal vocalisation is a complete practice ...

  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    Hey! body or mind...anybody?

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Yesterday I tried to recite it 1,000 times with a friend, but we just got close to 100...

    Did you try it for ten days? mmm ... sometimes we need Buddha fiends rather than Buddhist friendlies ...

    Something for the ladies?

    I spent aprox an hour each day for about a year doing Tara mantra practice with a companion.

  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    I'm not sure this qualifies as a mantra, but I find myself saying it often enough that it might as well be one.

    The words "I wish ..." seem to arise in my mind rather frequently. I always finish the sentence with " ... I was right here, right now."

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @Fosdick are you somewhere else? ;)

    I like the idea of returning/remembrance which is one purpose of mantra ...

    As a theist of some sort I use 'Cod is Greater' in English, 'God is Greater'. The closest Buddhist mantra might be >

    Hear and Know ...

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran
    edited December 2020

    While reading through the Releasing of the Flaming Mouths, I came across this two-part mantra, for ordained or laypersons, associated with an offering of food for the hungry ghosts.

    on akaro mokan sariwa tо̄rimanan achōyadoto hantōdoto

    on a un ho sоwaka

    I recognize bits of the Japanese as transliterated Sanskrit, but have no clue what some of the Sanskrit is. I'm not sure if the Sanskrit version has survived the times. (EDIT: after some searching, I found the Sanskrit to be oṃ akāromukha sarvadharmāṇām adyanutpannatvāt.) The last line is a string of bījākṣarā (seed syllables):

    on = oṃ
    a = a
    un = hūṃ
    ho = phaṭ
    sowaka = svāhā

    The Japanese pronounce Sanskrit so very "uniquely!" It is easier to pronounce this way, I will say, though.

  • Hungry ghost feeding is one of my duties in the hell realms. I also barbecue my rainbow lobster form to feed the fallen angels ...

    Obviously I need protection whilst walking in the presence of Mara and her sons ...

    In case you have lost your voice like Neo in the Matrix ...

    ... Learn to chant silently from all the dharma wheel chakras ...

  • SuraShineSuraShine South Australia Veteran

    I have four mantras I do daily.

    I start with Om Mani Padme Hum. I then do the Green Tara Mantra (Om Tara Tutare Ture Svaha). After that I do the Amitabha Mantra (Om Ami Dev Hri) and then I round out with the Om Shanti Om mantra.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    If I am reciting a Mala of 108 beads, I generally use the Green Tara Mantra, punctuated by reciting 'Om Ah Hum, Vajra Guru Pema Sidhi H'ng' at each of the 36-bead marker beads.
    I preface each recitation with the Heart Sutra, and at the Guru bead recite the six-syllable Seed Mantra.
    You could say I like to cover the bases...

  • As a MantraYana devotee relaxed intensity is key.

    other ways of describing mantra:

    • Relaxed focus
    • Real Meaning
    • Say it like you mean it
    • Be Sound

    Don't think this is some second class meditation. It is raw sound attention.
    Life and death ...

  • @lobster

    Guru Yoga? Mantra yana?

    Om muni muni mahamuni Shakyamuni svaha

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Many thanks

    I am thinking of doing more WoMantra

    as in woo hu or Ta Ra Man

    or even Bud Ha!

  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    Is that like Bud Light? Or Bud Heavy? Or even Bud-ho?

    I had a lovely shikantaza session this morning... it was early, the birds were in the garden, the light was still blue-ish from the sky lightening above. I had coffee first, then I sat for about 30 mins, it was good.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Even if bad, it is good.

    Mantra induces calm. In fact simple words such as

    • CALM
    • PEACE
    • RELAX

    can sooth the fevered brow ...

    or how about

    • HEAL
    • SOOTHE

    combine that with visualisation and focus
    and practice until useful

  • コチシカコチシカ Veteran
    edited April 21


    pd: 2 hours before deadline. Oh yeah ^.^

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    is that 'shake ya muni ...' ;)

  • KeromeKerome Lovingness is the way The Continent Veteran

    Prachtig schilderij @コチシカ of is het een kleed... wel wat donker, maar erg mooi

  • @Kerome , het is een schilderij (Thangka). Hopelijk is het snel bij me :chuffed:

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