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What is the proper Vajra Guru mantra?

First, the spelling of the mantra in Devanagari ("Sanskrit") and Tibetan scripts: Transliteration: oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajra-guru padma-siddhi hūṃ Transliteration: oṃ āḥ hūṃ badzra-guru padma-siddhi hūṃ The ...
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What exactly is 'empowerment' and 'lung'?

Empowerment and lung are two particular forms of samaya (damtsik) that, within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions at least, are seen as aiding personal Buddhist practice. Both traditions are seen as (i) ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

When reciting a mantra you have vitakka and vicāra which helps you get close to the 1st Jhana. But this is also accumulation of Fabrications (more particularly Verbal Fabrications) which should be ...
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How to make sense of the Heart Sutra

The topic of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in 100'000 verses is (1) emptiness and (2) the mind that realizes emptiness. The Heart Sutra is its condensed version. All the Perfection of Wisdom sutras ...
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How to make sense of the Heart Sutra

I've been practicing in a zen dôjô for the last year, and have been singing the haramita shingyo a lot of times without really understanding it. Your question made me look for a translation online, ...
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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

Prior to Nichiren's time, reading the Lotus Sutra in its entirety was said to result in benefit, or good effects, in this life and the next. As part of Nichiren's efforts toward his goal of "saving ...
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Om - meaning and "significance" of it in Buddhism - esp. in theravada?

There is no OM or AUM in Theravada to my knowledge. It's found only in Mahayana and Vajrayana. The 14th Dalai Lama explained here the meaning of OM in "OM MANI PADME HUM" as: The first, OM, is ...
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Do you need to be taught the nembutsu? Are some personalities better suited to it?

Nembutsu - repeating a name of a Buddha - is a practice which might help us to let go of worries, abandon self-centeredness, develop exalted qualities, and develop concentration. If you understand ...
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Eating meat mantra

There is no "mantra" in the Theravada tradition for this as far as I am aware. But the practitioner can mindfully reflect on what was taught in the suttas about food, before eating. "'...
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Praying to a Buddhist deity for healing of someone

There are many misconceptions regarding mantrayana. In essence, the ultimate nature of the deity is bliss and emptiness, just like the ultimate nature of our own minds. When we invoke the deity via ...
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If the 6 realms are states of the mind, are Buddhas / Siddhas miracles real?

Superstition runs deep. Everytime you say body is me , mine or myself, you are being superstitious. Everytime you say feeling is me , mine or myself , you are being superstitious. Everytime you say ...
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Could anyone please help me identify/translate this mantra?

This is Lantsa script. The top character is hrīḥ The mantra reads: oṃ ma ṇi pa dme hūṃ i.e. oṃ maṇipadme hūm the mantra of Avalokiteśavara. Note that contra popular opinion, maṇīpadme is one word. And ...
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I have a question about mantra, and Vajrayana Buddhism?

If reciting a mantra is causing you to hallucinate, I would recommend immediately stopping that practice. Formal refuge under a Vajrayāna guru cannot cure mental illness. It can't even cure depression....
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How do you know which mantra suits you the most?

Look at what happens to your mind through chanting them. I find 'Om mani padme hum' powerful because of the deep yet concise rememberance, discussed here: What is the meaning of 'Om mani padme ...
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Should I practice a single mantra or multiple?

From my experience of Tibetan Buddhism, you probably need an empowerment for each mantra. Empowerments are effectively introductions.
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Should I practice a single mantra or multiple?

If your goal is stream entry, then you need to break the first three fetters. These fetters are (in no particular order): Self-view: the state in which clinging to the five aggregates creates a sense ...
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Is there a point practicing mantra if I can get to samadhi with pure anapana/breath meditation?

Mantras can be done in a way consonant with early Buddhist teachings. In that way, even one skilled in the jhanas, able to instantaneously enter jhana at will, still has use for them. For example, ...
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Is there a point practicing mantra if I can get to samadhi with pure anapana/breath meditation?

Mantra is a good way to concentrate the mind. But the purpose of mantras is to generate merit. If you are a fully enlightened being there is no need for merit. Just as there is no need for a boat ...
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Good source of mantras with their meanings

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/bookchant.pdf https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/chanting-book/ These are chantings. The translations are also present. Hope this helps :)
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Is OM an imported religious term from Hinduism?

does OM have an ordinary meaning Although it's hard to prove a negative, people don't explain its "ordinary meaning" when they explain it, so I assume the answer is "no". I guess it has two actual ...
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Is OM an imported religious term from Hinduism?

Namo Buddhaya. Aum stands for states of consciousness. A , U , M stands for wakened consciousness , dreaming consciousness , sleeping consciousness. Hinduism and Buddhism share a common heritage of ...
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How does 'Om Mani Padme Hum' protect us from danger?

(imo) In that the phrase points to the Buddha and his message (convoluted though it may be for those not in the know!), whilst at the same time recognizing the terms for some of dangers present within ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras? Mantras are more interesting than the breath. The breath is much more stiller.Mantras have obvious movement.(Speech or mental ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

In mantra meditation, it feels like something (kind of waves) coming out of body. It agrees with my own experience. I just attended a practice led by a monk since 18 now in his 50s. He instructed us ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

I do not recommend to do mantra like what you are saying "Aun". I prefer meditation to mantra since mantra was not recorded in Pali Canon or Tripitaka. In Buddha discourses mantra is not found as far ...
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Praying to a Buddhist deity for healing of someone

Praying to a Buddhist deity for healing of someone My friend always ask me Praying for him but I simply tell him I do not pray or will do ever. In the book Buddha and His Dhamma of Dr. B. R. ...
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What is the proper Vajra Guru mantra?

The pure Sanskrit is the best from my subjective experience. Remember Padmasambhava was Indian and although he was an Indian Buddhist, he came from the Brahmin caste, was a sadhu , and he carries ...
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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

It says that starting and ending your day with a dedication to the lotus suttra is the equivalent of reading it, it still takes a whole day...
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