Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Om Mani Padme Hum

Having been asked what the symbol means on my flag I will explain briefly using a wonderful description I found on the web.

To get a nice image, I actually scanned a pendant I have of a silver Tibetan Om which is a shortened name for a mantra "Om Mane Padme Hum". The following is the site's definition.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect - it is often carved into stones and placed where people can see them.

Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel (or prayer wheel) is also believed to give the same benefit as saying the mantra, and Mani wheels, small hand wheels and large wheels with millions of copies of the mantra inside, are found everywhere in the lands influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

Follow this link to learn more about the mantra and Tibetan Buddhism.


  • Look at my site that has Mani stones:


    By Blogger dondrup, at 9:13 AM  

  • I had a look at some of the stuff you made. It's very beautiful. There is deep beauty in simple design. I think it looks best. I'll add a link to your page if you like.

    By Blogger Kate Ford, at 9:30 AM  

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