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form, as used in Japan
mani padme hum"
The six-syllable mantra of the Great Bright Light
Commonly referred to as the "mani mantra", om mani
padme hum is probably most familiar as being the mantra of
Chenrezig (the Tibetan 'incarnation' of the Indian Avalokitesvara).
mani padme hum
is considered to be the universal mantra of Love and Compassion.
The mantra is imbued with the grace, compassion and power of Avalokitesvara,
who himself gathers the grace, compassion and power of all the
buddhas and bodhisattvas.
this mantra is also popular in Chinese and Japanese Pure Land
In Japan it is one of the shingon (mantras) associated
with Kanzeon Bosatsu: 'the Bodhisattva who perceives the sounds
of the world'. (also an 'incarnation' of Avalokitesvara).
Bosatsu, (sometimes known as Kanjizai Bosatsu: 'the Bodhisattva
that sees and acts freely at will'), protects living beings with
loving compassion and immediately grants salvation to the suffering
and the afflicted, and dispels the evil and calamities surrounding