Date of Advice:
February 2017
Date Posted:
June 2017

Rinpoche sent this advice on the benefits of the precious mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, along with a gift of the mantra banner.

I wanted to offer you this printed mantra of OM MANI PADME HUM.

This mantra contains all the teachings of the Buddha. It is the Compassion Buddha’s mantra; the six-syllable Compassion Buddha’s mantra, the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of all the Buddha’s compassion. This mantra is to guide us and to free us from the lower realms; to free us from samsara and lower nirvana, and bring us to peerless happiness, buddhahood—the cessation of all the obscurations and completion of all the realizations.

A bhikshu, a fully ordained monk, who has broken even the four root vows, is liberated from the hell realms by reciting this mantra.

This mantra has so much power. If you recite it just seven times, then one hundred eons of past negative karma are purified. If you recite it twenty-five times, then one thousand eons of negative karma are purified. By reciting one mala of this mantra (108 times), then forty thousand eons of negative karma are purified. It’s unbelievable.

Recite ten malas a day if you can, and pray to Chenrezig. Think that nectar is coming from Chenrezig and purifying your negative karma collected from beginningless rebirth. Think that you receive all of Chenrezig’s qualities. If you have received the Chenrezig great initiation, you can think that Chenrezig absorbs into you and you become Chenrezig.

So it blesses you. If you are living a married life, up to seven generations that come from you are blessed. If you pray to Chenrezig, your family will receive blessings for up to seven generations and they won’t be reborn in the lower realms.

If you wash in a river, a lake or the ocean after reciting ten malas a day and praying to Chenrezig, as I mentioned, then the water that touches your body when you wash becomes blessed water, because of the power of the mantra you have recited. Then anybody else who washes in that water—any people or animals that wash in or drink that water—even their negative karma is purified and they won’t get reborn in the lower realms at all, not in the hell realms, animal realms or hungry ghost realms.

By reciting this mantra you will never get reborn from the womb, egg (chickens), by heat (like lice) and so forth. This is the last birth from a womb; you will never get this kind of rebirth again. You will always go to enlightenment and you will always meet the buddhas and bodhisattvas, from life to life. You are so incredibly, incredibly fortunate and will be able to benefit more and more sentient beings until you reach enlightenment. So it is unbelievably, unbelievably powerful.

Even reciting OM MANI PADME HUM without bodhicitta motivation—without the ultimate good heart, wanting to free sentient beings from the oceans of samsara suffering and bring them to the peerless happiness, buddhahood—even if you don’t recite the mantra with bodhicitta, it is incredibly powerful.

If you recite OM MANI PADME HUM you collect merit (good luck) more than the drops of water from the oceans; you collect merit more than the number of drops of rain when it rains; more than the snowflakes that fall; more than the sand grains of the Pacific Ocean. It is unbelievable, unbelievable, and if you recite the mantra with bodhicitta, you collect more than skies of merit, good luck. There is unbelievable purification and the particular benefit is that you develop compassion for every sentient being. That is one best thing.

That makes you achieve enlightenment quickly, as you generate stronger compassion for others. It is an easy way to be born in a pure land of the Buddha. In some pure lands you can achieve enlightenment and in Amitabha’s pure land you will never be reborn in the lower realms and after one lifetime you will achieve enlightenment.

Even by seeing this mantra it purifies the five very heavy negative karmas without break. The five heavy negative karmas are killing one’s father or mother of this life, killing an arhat (who is free from samsara), drawing blood from a buddha and causing disunity among the Sangha. By creating such heavy negative karma, you would be reborn in the lowest hot hell, the inexhaustible hot hell. You would be born there, where the suffering is the heaviest in samsara and the length of life is one intermediate eon. If the karma is not finished, even if this world ends, still you are reborn in another universe, in another hell realm. Therefore the other lighter negative karmas are delayed, and that is why these are called the five heavy negative karmas without break.

By seeing this mantra these heavy negative karmas are purified. Each time we see this mantra, the ten nonvirtuous karmas which we normally create also get purified and the seed of enlightenment is planted.

It is so good. We are very lucky to have it in the house and to hang it up so people can see it. It is very precious, it is the wish-fulfilling mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM.