OM MANI PADME HUM
Here is a teaching given by the Dalai Lama
in a Buddhist centre in New Jersey, USA:
" It is very beneficial to recite the Om
mani padme hum mantra. While you are doing this however, you should reflect
upon its essence, since the significance of the six syllables is great
and inexhaustible. The first, Om, is made up of three letters, namely
A, U, and M. They symbolise the impure body, the impure speech and the
impure consciousness of the person doing the exercise. At the same time
however they also symbolise the pure body, the pure speech and the pure
consciousness of a Buddha. Can impure body, speech and consciousness be
transformed into pure body, speech and consciousness, or are both completely
separate from one another?
Lama 17.März 1959
Teaching of the Dalai
All Buddha´s are examples
of living beings who attained enlightenment through the Buddhist path.
Buddhism does not claim that anyone exists who is perfect and without
fault from the very beginning, and who possesses all virtuous attributes.
The development of a pure body, pure speech and pure consciousness comes
about when the impure conditions are overcome step by step and are transformed
into those which are pure. How is this to be achieved? The path towards
enlightenment is implied in the following four syllables. Mani -means
jewel - and symbolises the aspects of the method: the unselfish intention
to strive for enlightenment, healing devotion and love.