Merits of the Mani mantra

With the advent of the computer it is easy to create a card that holds the image of the Mani mantra on it.  Here is a website called Vista Print where you can print your own business cards similar to the one here:

“Thus the six syllables, Om Mani Padme Hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.” — H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Rarity of finding:

The Buddha spoke of the great rarity of even finding the Mani mantra in the Sublime Treasure King Sutra:

“Virtuous man, I remember that in the past, for this Six-Words-Great-Enlightening-Dharani, I had been to as many worlds as there are atoms in the universe, and had offered and sustained countless hundreds of thousands of millions of kotis of nayutas of Tathagatas.  But I had never gained or heard this Dharani in any of the worlds of those Tathagatas.

Afterward, there was a Buddha named Treasure-Supremacy (Ratnottama), Thus-Come One, worthy of offerings, of right and universal knowledge, perfect clarity and conduct, well gone, understanding the world, unexcelled worthy, taming and subduing hero, teacher of heavenly and human beings, Buddha, World-Honored One.

At that time, I wept sorrowfully in front of that Buddha, and then that Tathagata, Arhat, Samyak-sambuddha told me: ‘Virtuous man, do not weep so sorrowfully.  Virtuous man, you should go there, go to the world of Lotus-Supremacy Tathagata, Arhat, Samyak-sambuddha.  That Buddha knows this Six-Words-Great-Enlightening-Dharani.'”

Merits of wearing:

Also, in the same sutra it talks about the merits of a person who wears the mantra.  It says:

“If there is any other person who wears this Six-Words-Great-Enlightening-Dharani on his body or neck, virtuous man, seeing this Dharani-wearing person is the same as seeing the Vajra body, also like seeing sharira and Stupa, also like seeing the Tathagata, also like seeing the person who has one-koti wisdoms.

If there is any virtuous man or virtuous woman, who can be mindful of this Six-Words-Great-Enlightening-Dharani according to the Dharma, this person will obtain the limitless eloquence, will gain the pure wisdom, and will gain the great mercy and compassion.  Such a person can, every day, fully accomplish the merits and virtues of the six Paramitas.  This person will gain the Summit-Infusion (Abhiseka) of Heavenly Turning Wheel.

If the breath comes out of his mouth touches the body of another person, the person who is touched will arouse merciful mind and become free from the poison of anger, will become a non-retrograde Bodhisattva, and attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi quickly.  If the person, who wears and holds this Dharani, touches the bodies of others with his hand, those who are touched will attain the stage of Bodhisattva quickly.  If the person who wears and holds this Dharani, sees any men, women, boys, girls, and even the sentient beings of other forms, those who are seen will all attain the stage of Bodhisattva quickly.

Such a person will never suffer from the affliction of birth, aging, illness, death, or the affliction of being separated from the persons or things that he loves, and will gain the unimaginable correspondences by the mindfulness and reciting.  Now, these are the consequences of the Six-Words-Great-Enlightening-Dharani.”

Benefits of reciting:

Lastly, the benefits of reciting the mani mantra will help you achieve the six perfections quickly.  Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche writes in the Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones this:

“The mantra Om Mani Päme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching.

When you say the first syllable OM it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, MA helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and NI helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. PÄ, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, ME helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable HUM helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom.  The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times.  What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”

Light & Love,


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