The Buddhist religion is so steeped in history, it's nearly impossible for me to comprehend. I really love learning about these things and take great comfort in knowing that some things have survived over time and have become deeply rooted traditions.
And oh, how beautiful this tradition is....
Recently, I've had the luxury of being able to research Buddhist culture, rituals, and traditions and find inspiration in it's teachings.
My offering to you is a Buddhist printable - Om Mani Padme Hum.
People who learn about the mantra naturally want to know what it means. However, Om Mani Padme Hum can not really be translated into a simple phrase or even a few sentences.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra, 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.
"Through mantra, we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness."
- Kalu Rinpoche
If you can find the time - a space in between creating and doing - recite this mantra.
This is the most widely used of all Buddhist mantras, and open to anyone who feels inspired to practice it.
May it be of benefit to you,
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