Chenrezig Mantra (Audio and Unedited Transcripts)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Singapore, January 1993. (Archive #899)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained the meaning and the benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM, at these teachings in Singapore in January 1993. Karma and purification are also taught, and an oral transmission of the long Chenrezig mantra is included. 

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Oral Transmission of Long Chenrezig Mantra

For example, if I give an example, while you are seeing the mirage, you have appearance of water, but at the same time you have the understanding that there is no single water there. You have appearance of water, but you have understanding that there’s no water. So all these things are appearing to you as truly existent but that you have understanding at the same time that’s not real. That’s empty. So appearance signifies MANI, emptiness signifies PADME, HUM unifies those two.

So as far as the meaning, so I stop there. Because I made the general, at the very first explanation, I made a general _______, so from that, from there you understand it’s a question of, the very first explanation of OM MANI PADME HUM, there I made general, integrated everything. So then, depending on how much individually you understand, the Lesser Vehicle path, the Paramitayana path, those lower tantras, Kriya tantra, Charya tantra, those lower tantras has also method and wisdom, so how much you understand, so everything then you just bring into MANI PADME, all those method and wisdom, so you just make by yourself, you just elaborate like that. Then there are ways also to relate to the highest tantra, the completion stage, the maha-anuttara tantra, generation and completion stage. Then OM MANI PADME HUNG, you can relate just purely on the completion stage, illusory body MANI, illusory body, PADME, clear light. Then HUM the unification of those two. Then the result, the unification of no more learning. So like that.

So now I do the oral transmission of the Chenrezig, the longest mantra, that which takes one year.

So now the last integration. HUM persuades Chenrezig's holy mind, then received the blessing of Chenrezig's holy mind, establishes the blessings of, receives the, enters the blessing of Chenrezig's holy mind. So by reciting HUM, persuades Chenrezig's holy mind, receives the blessings, enter Chenrezig's blessing in one's own heart, then because of that cause, blessing, then one receives the method and wisdom path, the whole path to enlightenment, okay. Basis, the sutra, then Vajrayana, the Mahayana Vajrayana, one actualizes the whole path, method and wisdom, which is signified by MANI PADME, then purify your ordinary body, speech and mind, transform into, for example, Compassion Buddha's vajra holy body, holy speech and holy mind, which is signified by AH, U, MA - OM. So that’s what it is, OM MANI PADME HUM.

So when we recite OM MANI PADME HUM, somebody who knows the whole path, it's like becomes direct meditation of the whole path. So you can recite OM MANI PADME HUM by meditating also on the whole path, by thinking of the meaning. So like that.

So first, oral transmission of the long mantra. The way to recite this long mantra, it is mentioned, first generate compassion for six realms’ sentient beings, you sacrifice yourself for them, to experience those sufferings for them, so that they can be free from samsara and achieve enlightenment. Then remember, so one, you do this prayer, you pray like this, and then your experiencing those sufferings, then it becomes cause of happiness, all sentient beings to be free from all the suffering of samsara, to achieve enlightenment. Then one-pointedly, after the prayer, then one-pointedly by you remember my name and then recite the name. Also remember Amitabha. So, after that, remembering Chenrezig and Amitabha, then if you recite this mantra seven times in nighttime, then it purifies 800 million eons of negative karma, by reciting this mantra seven times in one night.

[Oral transmission of longest Chenrezig mantra]

This long mantra, I have received the oral transmission from Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche. First asked His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness said didn't have this oral transmission of this text, so then I received this oral transmission from Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche.

[short mandala]

So please dedicate the merit, Due to all the three time merits accumulated by oneself, by Buddhas and bodhisattvas, may bodhicitta be generated within one’s mind, in the minds of all sentient beings. Those who have, may it be developed.

[jang chub sem chog...]

Due to all the past, present, future merits accumulated by me, by Buddhas, bodhisattvas, due to all these merits, that which are empty of existing from its own side, may the I, who is empty of existing from its own side, achieve the Compassion Buddha’s enlightenment, that which is empty of existing from its own side, and lead all sentient beings, who are also empty of existing from their own side, to that enlightenment as quick as possible.

[Dedication prayers in Tibetan]

So thank you so much. I’m sorry talked many, many eons, so...