MEDITATING WITH MANTRAS
Years ago I attended a chanting workshop and discovered the beautiful practice of mantra recitation. Since then, I have found meditating with mantras to be deeply inspiring, heart opening and healing. Mantras can help awaken clarity and help discover true compassion beyond our own challenges and suffering. Here's a short list of instructions on how to meditate with mantras, followed by a list of mantras, which I recommend trying. I hope that this practice will be beneficial.
Before beginning a practice session, take a few moments to enjoy a few deep breaths and rest your mind in the moment. Acknowledge an intention for your practice. It could be something such as: "through this practice may I help all beings find lasting happiness and freedom from suffering." Then begin with your first chant. I recommend chanting along with the youtube video link provided below. As you chant, it can be helpful to focus your mind on something - this can be the words themselves, visualizing an image associated with the mantra or you can focus on your breath while reciting the mantra. Feel free to use a MALA to keep count of how many recitations you do. If you are chanting multiple mantras in a practice session, pause for 1-2 minutes between and rest your mind in an open awareness. When you're finished, dedicate your practice by recited a small prayer, such as "I dedicate this practice to the benefit of all beings, may all beings have lasting happiness and be free from suffering."
Green Tara Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
This is the mantra for Green Tara, she is a female Buddha that represents compassion and loving-kindness for all beings. She is also associated with protection from fear and the eight obscurations, which are pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, greed, wrong views, attachment/desire and doubts. Videos:
Vajrasattva: OM BENZA SATTO HUNG
This is the mantra for Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification. This mantra is great for purifying obscurations. When reciting you can visualize a white Vajrasattva resting above your head and a sacred nectar flowing from Vajrasattva's heart center down into your crown chakra. As this happens, your impurities are removed through your skin and your body is filled with white light. Video:
Medicine Buddha: TAYATA OM BEKANDZE BEKANDZE MAHA BEKANDZE RANDZE SAMU GATE SOHA
This is the mantra for Medicine Buddha, which can help restore emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Medicine Buddha has compassion for every being. "You can do the Medicine Buddha mantra for ANY purpose, ANY problem, ANYTHING," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Video:
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU: May all beings everywhere be filled with happiness
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYUH PUNYA JNANA PUSTIM KURU SVAHA: White Tara mantra for longevity
OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA: Ganesha mantra for removing obstacles
OM MANI PEME HUNG: Transforms suffering for all beings, compassion, helps to perfect the six paramitas (generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom)
Posted by Kate Dutton on July 20, 2018.