Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) mantra
Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) is a Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Chenrezig is variably described in different cultures as either male or female.
According to Mahayana doctrine, He is the Bodhisattva who has made a great pledge to assist sentient beings in times of struggle and to postpone his own buddhahood until he has helped every sentient being (from creation) in achieving nirvana.
The name combines the verbal prefix ava, which means „down”, lokita, a past participle of the verb lok „to observe, to notice or behold”, it is used in an active sense. Isvara means “sovereign”, “lord”, “master” or “ruler”. In conformity with Sanskrit rules of sound combination (sandhi), a+isvara turn into esvara.Mixed, the parts mean „lord who gazes down (at the world)”. The Sanskrit word loka (world) is absent from the name, but the phrase is implied. Loka does appear in the Cambodian form of the name, Lokesvara.In Tibetan Buddhism, Goddess Tara came into existence from a single tear shed by Avalokiteshvara. When the tear drop to the ground it created a lake, and a lotus opening in the lake revealed Goddess Tara. In another version of this story, Goddess Tara emerges from the heart of Chenrezig. In both version, it is Chenrezig ‘s outpouring of compassion which manifests Goddess Tara as a being.
Mantra lyrics in Sanskrit: „Om Mani Padme Hum”.
Translation in English: „Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus.”
Avalokiteshvara mantra meaning:
- OM is the Name or symbol of Isvara, God or Brahman;
- MANI means Jewel;
- PADME is Lotus symbolizing wisdom;
- HUM unifies spiritual methods with wisdom.
Chanting the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum and visualizing that we would like to be like Bodhisattva Chenrezig, pretending that we really are just like Chenrezig, we genuinely can start to realize of the increasing compassion in our lives, and ultimately, awaken as completely enlighten, wise and compassionate Buddhas.„Every individual whose heart is moved by compassion and love, who sincerely and deeply acts for the benefit of others with no concern for fame, social position, profit or recognition embodies the activity of Chenrezig.” – Bokar Rinpoche’s quote.