Buddhist mantras are strong invocations capable of evoking the presence of several Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and the benign spiritual force in the Buddhahood state. Mantras are syllables and phrases repeated repeatedly as part of a meditative, consciousness-shifting ritual. Their precise function varies, but they all aim to inspire and invoke Enlightenment.
Chanting a mantra can help with specific life issues and can also help you concentrate during meditation. Some mantras are often thought to summon supportive guides and powers to aid us on our journey. The ten mantras mentioned below will help you concentrate your mind during your Buddhist practice:
Homage to The Buddha– One of the Buddhist chants
The Buddha is praised in this mantra. Giving praise to the Buddha’s virtues is a noble act of worship that will help you develop meritorious deeds in your life. These merits will ultimately assist you in attaining Buddhahood. Buddhists of the Theravada tradition often recite this mantra. The mantra is recited as follows: “Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa.” “Honour to the Blessed One, the Exalted One, the truly Enlightened One” is what this mantra means.
The mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is connected to Guan Yin, Chenrezig, or the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in Tibetan Buddhism. Here, “Om” is the sacred Indian syllable which means union of the body, mind, and spirit, “mani” means “gem,” “Padme” means “lotus flower,” and “hum” means “spirit of enlightenment.”
The mantra reads “Homage to the Jewel in the Lotus” when put together. The divine safety and profound blessings of Chenrezig, the manifestation of divine love from Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, can be invoked by chanting this mantra. Chanting this mantra as prayer will bring Chenrezig’s blessings, strength, and benevolent focus. The emphasis of this mantra is on both giving and receiving compassion.
Medicine Buddha Mantra
The mantra of the Medicine Buddha is “Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha.” This is a condensed version of Medicine Buddha’s or Bhaiajyaguru’s mantra. The word “Bekanze” refers to the Medicine Buddha, while “Radza Samudgate” refers to the supreme or king. The mantra means “Hail!” in English. O Healer, O Healer, O Great Healer, O King of Healing, appear!”
By reciting this mantra, you will be able to develop self-healing qualities and the ability to heal other people. This mantra aids in the alleviation of misery, paving the way for prosperity, development, happiness, and enlightenment in all aspects of life.
Heart Sutra Mantra
This mantra is the end of the “Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra,” called the “Heart Sutra.” The mantra is as follows: “Gate Gate Para Gate Parasam Gate Bodhi Svaha.” It means: “Going, going, going to the other shore beyond, always becoming Buddha.” Through this mantra, you will understand and retain the essence of the “Heart Sutra” and strive towards attaining enlightenment.
White Tara Mantra
This is a mantra of White Tara, the goddess of longevity. People typically invoke Green Tara’s mantra in times of risk, while in times of sickness, they invoke White Tara’s mantra. White Tara is the embodiment of compassion, and she is usually portrayed sitting cross-legged with seven eyes (look at the palms of her hands, soles of her feet, and the top of her head) to represent the compassionate mind’s watchful eyes. Longevity, good health, and kindness are all synonymous with this mantra.
It is always chanted with good intentions for the sake of others. The prayer is as follows: “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jnana Pustim Kuru Svaha.”
Green Tara Mantra
This mantra is identified with Green Tara, regarded as “The Mother of Liberation” by Tibetan Buddhists. Green Tara is a female bodhisattva who embodies profound kindness in motion to assist others in achieving liberation. You may use this mantra to shield yourself from danger or anxiety, cure diseases, awaken your true nature, and resolve primarily psychological blockages in relationships by reciting it.
The only requirement is that the chanter not be attached to any particular outcome; the more distant and non-grasping we can be, the happier we will be. The mantra is as follows: “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.”
Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, is associated with this mantra. This mantra is an homage to the first Buddha, who represents Buddha-nature. This is a praise mantra for Shakyamuni Buddha. We grow our fields of merits within the depths of our lives by giving praise to the Buddha. These virtues will blossom and bring us luck, health, and happiness in our lives.
The Shakyamuni Mantra – “Om Muni Muni Mahamuni Shakyamuniye Svaha” aspires to awaken the Buddha spirit that exists within each of us.
Lotus Sutra Mantra
This mantra – “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” comes from the Lotus Sutra, which is linked to Nichiren Daishonin, a Japanese monk who lived in the 13th century. As a result, he formed the mantra by adding a “nam” to the Lotus Sutra’s title, “Myoho Renge Kyo.” The essence of this mantra, also known as the daimoku, is “Devotion to the Lotus Sutra of the Magnificent Rule.”
Reciting this mantra helps you to understand the Buddha’s mind and teachings which then allows you to access the inner qualities of Buddhahood such as knowledge, love, bravery, and perseverance. It teaches that everybody can attain enlightenment.
The mantra “Namo Amituofo” or “Namo Amitabha Buddha” is chanted by Chinese Buddhists to ensure rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitabha to practice the path to Buddhahood. The mantra of Buddha Amitabha – “O Ami Dewa Hrih” – is recited by Tibetan Buddhists. It is said to shield the chanter from harm and assist them in overcoming obstacles to Enlightenment. Many blessings await those who recite this mantra, as it enhances one’s caring, compassionate existence.
Manjushri, a bodhisattva of wisdom, is associated with this mantra. He is generally depicted with a sword in his right hand, symbolizing his ability to cut through illusion, and a lotus flower stem in his left hand, bearing a book. This is the motto of wisdom – a spacious, pure, open mind imbued with bliss and contentment – intellectual wisdom and wisdom beyond all words and thought.
Chanting this mantra allows you to tap into an infinite well of knowledge and achieve clarity in any situation. It aids you in making sound choices in your everyday life. The mantra is as follows: Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.”