by Thea Cowsky
This mantra was said by the Buddha to be the most beneficial mantra. It is the mantra of Aveloketeshvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan, Quan Yin in Chinese, Kanzeon in Japanese), the deity of compassion. Chenrezig/Quan Yin is the deity associated with the mala and is often depicted holding a mala in her hand, this symbolizing wisdom.
Reciting the mantra of a deity invokes that deity.
The mantra is generally translated:
OM– original primal essence sound
MANI– the jewel (refers to the method which is great compassion)
PADME– lotus (refers to wisdom)
‘Om the jewel and lotus, indivisible’ is a loose translation. The mantra expresses the Buddhist path to enlightenment in which the development of great compassion and great wisdom are indivisible.
Contributing author Kate Cowsky