Om Mani Padme Hum
Lama Tashi Intro & Group Mantra Chant
2014 Healing Sounds Intensive
Other than the “Om”, probably the most popular mantra of the East is “Om Mani Padme Hum” (“Om Mani Peme Hung” in Tibetan). This is the six syllabled mantra honors and invokes Avalokitesvara, (Chenrezig in Tibetan) the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Avalokitesvara is gifted with complete enlightenment and said to reject no plea made to him by individuals in distress. “Om Mani Padme Hum” has always been one of my favorites and in many different workshops throughout the years (as well as a number of different recordings), I have worked with this chant.
The meaning of this mantra is often translated as “The jewel in the center of the lotus”. I like to perceive of the lotus as meaning the heart chakra—and the jewel, being the energy of compassion. However, there are literally books such as “Creative Visualization and Multi-Dimensional Consciousness”, written by Lama Govinda and dedicated to the subtleties of meaning and teachings behind this extraordinary chant.
“Om Mani Padme Hum”, is a mantra that is used for protection, healing and many other positive attributes including communication with higher realms of consciousness. But most powerfully, it is a mantra used to generate compassion. And indeed, when people chant or listen to this mantra, they seem to have the element of compassion manifest within them. I like this. I think the world needs compassion. A whole lot more compassion.
What is compassion? That is usually the first question I ask in a workshop before we begin the actual recitation of “Om Mani Padme Hum”. What is compassion to you? To many, it’s kindness. To others it’s love. To other it’s selflessness. To others, it’s empathy. The gamut of what is compassion runs as wide and deep as the aspect of defining other any extraordinary word.
In the following recording you can hear Chant Master Lama Tashi (Grammy nominee for “Tibetan Master Chants”) expound upon the subject from his perspective. And it is indeed enlightening. But we ask that you spend a moment meditating on this word and it’s meaning before you begin listening to the mantra.
Regardless of how you define compassion, continued chanting (and listening to) the mantra of “Om Mani Padme Hum” can lead to nothing less than evolution of body, mind and spirit. This mantra may ultimately be among the most important that can be used to resonate our planet and all the sentient beings upon it at this moment in time and space.
About the Free Om Mani Padme Hum Group Chant Download
This special group chant was recorded during a live group chant ritual at the 2014 Healing Sounds Intensive. One of the many blessings from that year’s event was the appearance of our beloved Tibetan adopted son Lama Tashi, whom we had not seen in so many years. It was a true highlight of the Intensive and we are so very grateful. I know our deep resonance with Lama Tashi was also shared by all those present as well.
In particular, the evening chant on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 “Om Mani Padme Hum”—the chant to the Buddha of Compassion as well as Lama Tashi’s introduction to this chant, were especially memorable moments. Somehow, out of all the remarkable events at the Intensive, this particular evening was actually professionally recorded. It is now our great pleasure to share it with each of you!
The “Om Mani Padme Hum” recording begins with Lama Tashi’s teachings about this chant. This is the first track, the opening 15-minute transmission from the Lama about the importance and meaning of this mantra and its significance. Next, comes the actual chant itself, and there is something almost otherworldly about this recording: “Om Mani Padme Hum” from the 2014 Healing Sounds Intensive!
We trust you will enjoy this extraordinary live chant, which manifested with not only Lama Tashi, but many other well-known sound healers (close to 100 were present at the time) who contributed their hearts, voices and souls to this amazing recording.