OM MANI PEME HUNG

Many Tibetan people recite the mantra thousands of times in a day as part of their daily prayer practice. It’s also printed on prayer flags that blow the prayers to the winds, carved on stones and prayer wheels.
The most common Western meaning of the mantra is usually something like “Behold! The Jewel in the Lotus!” or “Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus” but it's almost impossible to give an exact meaning for “Om Mani Peme Hung,” it has been interpreted in many ways.
We might also say that its meaning, as a spiritual sound, goes beyond the literal meaning of its syllables.
By constantly repeating this mantra and mentally sending light and love to all, we and all other beings receive limitless benefit.

I INVITE YOU TO PLEASE CHANT ALONG WITH THE VIDEO.

IT'S A POWERFUL PRAYER! 

**Note** at 4:55 (near the end of the video) starts original music by H.H. Karmapa
Below, you can see His Holiness Dalai Lama’s, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s and Lama Kathy's interpretations and a video of the meaning by HH Dalai Lama
“It is very good to recite the mantra Om Mani Peme Hung, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast …. The first, OM … symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha…. The path is indicated by the next four syllables. MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the … altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassionate and loving…. The two syllables, PEME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom…. Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable HUNG, which indicates indivisibility…. Thus the six syllables, Om Mani Peme Hung, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha…."

His Holiness Dalai Lama

"The mantra Om Mani Peme Hung is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pe the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hung helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom. So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?"

 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

 

From Lama Kathy

The vibrations from the syllables:

 OM-removes pride

 MA- removes jealousy

 NI - removes egotistical desire

 PE- removes ignorance

 ME- removes greed and stinginess

 HUNG- hate and anger, both of ourselves and all beings!

 By constantly repeating this mantra and mentally sending light and love to all, we and all other beings receive limitless benefit.
 
Base audio recorded August 2001 at Karma Choeling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery near Auckland, NZ. led by Ven. Lama Karma Samten.
Special Thanks -  H.H. Karmapa, H.H. Dalai Lama, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Lama Samten & Lama Kathy
Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's website for the fine Buddhist artwork
Tenzin Wangyal for the video of HH Dalai Lama