Quan Yin and Chenrezig

by Thea Cowsky
Quan Yin and Chenrezig

The manifestation of compassion in Buddhism is Quan Yin (also Kwan Yin) in Chinese, Chenrezig in Tibetan,  Avalokiteshwara in Sanskrit, and Kanzeon in Japanese.

Quan Yin, or Chenrezig, or Avalokiteshwara are more than love.  They represent  caring. A deep caring for others.  Buddhism believes that suffering is inherent in Samsara. So compassion for others’ suffering is the counter and natural spiritual reaction to this.

While Buddhists believe compassion exists externally, the spirit of compassion—the mind of Chenrezig or Quan Yin—is something they nurture within themselves towards all beings.
Crystal Counter Mala
A crystal mala is associated with Quan Yin or Chenrezig. The mantra of Chenrezig or Quan Yin is OM MANI PADME HUM, sometimes rendered in Tibetan as OM MANI PEMI HUNG. Meaning, “Hail to the Jewel in The Lotus.”

Contributing author: David Cowsky


OM SHANTI OM: Universal Aspiration for Peace

by Thea Cowsky

Om Shanti Mantra

Om Shanti Mantra


OM– Primordial essence, infinity, the sacred sound of the universe

SHANTI– Peace, tranquility

This is a beautiful mantra from the Hindu tradition expressing a universal aspiration for peace.

See more mantras: Tara Mantra, Chenrezig Mantra, Medicine Buddha Mantra,

Contributing author Kate Cowsky


by Thea Cowsky

Chenrezig MantraOm Mani Padme Hum Mantra(OM MANI PEME HUNG in Tibetan)

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)

HUM– indivisibility

‘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.

View Green Tara Mantra,  Aspiration for Peace Mantra (Om Shanti Om)

Contributing author Kate Cowsky



Deepening the Experience with Mantra

by Thea Cowsky

MeditationAs one is first learning to use mantra, the intellect is most active. As one begins to understand the practice, it is important to make a transition to ‘experiential learning’ by starting a daily mantra meditation practice. It is in the actual ‘doing’ of mantra that the deeper learning reveals itself.

By doing the mantra meditation, our spiritual aspirations are nurtured and we begin to purify mind and body allowing for the deepening of our spiritual awareness.

As one reads about, listens to, and practices mantra meditation, the essence of mantra practice becomes clearer.  The universality of the use of mala and mantra is both reassuring and awe-inspiring.  The deepening of spiritual awareness happens naturally as one practices with open-hearted mindfulness. Regardless of the particular doctrine and beliefs supporting mantra recitation throughout the world, this deepening can happen.

The book “Beads of Faith” gives a brief overview of the use of mala and mantra in several Beads of Faith bookdifferent religious traditions throughout the world, and has lots of nice pictures. There are also several books written on mantra from the perspective of various spiritual traditions as well as CDs that can support your exploration of mantra practice.

Tara Mantra

.More information on mantras.

Contributing author Kate Cowsky

TARA MANTRA: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

by Thea Cowsky
Green Tara Mantratara mantra script

This is an invocation to Tara, female Buddhist deity who represents compassion and the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. Her mantra is considered a protective mantra to overcome fear and other obstacles in order to release one from Samara. Her action is swift and powerful.


OM– Indicates Tara’s holy (pure) body, speech and mind

TARE– Release from Samsara (the phenomenal world). (This is Tara’s function.)

TUTTARE– Liberating from fears. (Tara saves us from the eight fears and eight dangers)

TURE– Liberating from our basic ignorance of how things truly are, and from our unsubdued mind and karma, through showing the path  to enlightenment.

SOHA– May this mantra take root in my mind stream. It is a word used to end a mantra phrase.

Thus the mantra calls on Tara to help us become liberated from our ignorance and unsubdued mind and karma by helping us to see things as they truly are. This is ‘seeing’ in Buddhism and is called Wisdom.

For more information on mantras visit www.shakyadesign.com

View Chenrezig Mantra, aspiration for peace mantra (Om Shanti Om)

Contributing author Kate Cowsky