The meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum


Om Mani Padme Hum – Mani is method,  Padme is wisdom, Om Mani is Chenrezig’s name, Hum calls Chenrezig and established the root of the blessing in one’s heart.  So in summary, the mantra contains the entire Mahayana path to Enlightenment through the unification of method and wisdom.

By reciting it, all your wishes are gradually fulfilled, you achieve all happiness up to Enlightenment, and then you are able to cause all sentient beings to achieve all happiness.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Liberating Animals. FPMT: 2009.

Another explanation of the mantra taught by Khen Rinpoche Losang Tsetan of Tashi Lhunpo monastery is as follows:

Om – represents the god realm
Ma – represents the demi-god realm
Ni – humans
Pad – hungry ghosts
Me – animals
Hum – hell realms

So when reciting the mantra, we pray like this:

May I close the door to re-births in the god realm,
May all gods be free from suffering the fear of falling to the lower realms,
May I help them be re-born in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

May I close the door to re-births in the demi-god realm,
May all demi-gods be free from sufferings of fighting and jealousy,
May I help them be re-born in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

May I close the door to re-births in the human realm,
May all humans be free from the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death,
May I help them be re-born in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

May I close the door to re-births in the animal realm,
May all animals be free from the suffering of low intelligence,
May I help them be re-born in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

May I close the door to re-births in the hungry ghost realm,
May all hungry ghosts be free from the sufferings of extreme hunger and thirst,
May I help them be re-born in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

May I close the door to re-births in the hell realm,
May all hell beings be free from the sufferings of heat and cold,
May I help them be re-born in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

Moreover, Rinpoche explained that the six syllables represent the six perfections practiced by a bodhisattva:

Om – the perfection of generosity
Ma – the perfection of ethics
Ni – the perfection of patience
Pad – the perfection of joyous effort
Me – the perfection of concentration
Hum – the perfection of wisdom

~ Khen Rinpoche Losang Tsetan – notes from a teaching that Rinpoche gave in 2013 in Falls Church, VA.

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