The function of mantras is understood slightly differently by the several schools of Buddhism. Basically, many Tibetan mantras are written in Sanskrit, but Tibetan pronunciation is often a bit different. It is believed that mantras have different spiritual power. Each mantra has a different purpose and benefits, both internal and external. Our way of thinking strongly affect both ourselves and others, so each mantra is a different ‘instrument of thought’.
You might be familiar with mantras. But if not, this is an opportunity to grab this tool. If you have difficulties with the rhythm and pronunciation of these mantras, then find a guru or teacher. Alternatively, you can find help online and you can listen to mantras on YouTube as well. Happy chanting!
Simple Description of Benefits of Common Tibetan Mantras
Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig) Mantra
Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Peme Hung
Helps to cultivate compassion; helps relieve all living beings from sufferings and difficulties
Hrih (syllable can be added to the above mantra):
Om Amideva Hrih
Protects you from dangers and obstacles, and overcomes difficulties.
Om Muni Muni Mahamuni Shakyamuniye Svaha
You give respect and acknowledgement to the Buddha and asking help in finding the inspiration to follow and attain full enlightenment. Helps to remove negativities, obstructions, and hindrances.
White Tara Mantra
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jnana Pustim Kuru Svaha
White Tara (Sitatara) is associated with long life. Her mantra is often chanted with a particular person in mind.
Green Tara Mantra
Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha
It is often used to overcome physical, mental or emotional blockages and also blockages in relationships. Creates happiness.
Medicine Buddha Mantra (short form)
Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha Bekanze Radza Samudgate Soha
Helps in healing, eliminate problems, unhappiness and suffering.
Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih
This mantra is believed to enhance wisdom and improve one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities.
Om Vajrapani Hum
Represents the energy of the enlightened mind, clears resistances to internal and external obstacles and creates protection.
(Shorter version of the Hridaya Sutra or Heart Sutra)
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha
It contains knowledge from the sutras. Helps your wisdom grow to find your true nature.
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum
It is the essence of the principles of enlightened body, speech, and mind. Also the essence of all the Buddhas, gurus and protectors, etc. Equivalent of the blessing of all teachings.
Vajrasattva mantra – the short version of the 100 syllable mantra
Om Benza Satto Hung
Om Vajrasattva Hum
It is a purification mantra. It will stop your negative karma to increase if you recite this every day.