All right we have meandered our way through 3 meditation styles namely Samatha (aka serenity), Vipasana(aka Insight, or Mindfulness), and, Metta (aka loving-kindness). And now we move to Mantra Recitation
A lot of people associate this style with what it means to meditate. A big room with a ridiculous amount of incense smoke filling the air and a bunch of bald dudes yelling at each other. It may seem silly but this can be quite helpful for many. Is this a meditation hall or a pub?
Some common mantras for Buddhists are “Om mani padme hum” which translates to “Behold the jewel in the lotus”. Another common chant to hear is the taking refuge chant which is rather long and repetitive but since I love you guys here goes:
Buddham Saranam Gacchâmi.
Dhammam Saranam Gacchâmi.
Sangham Saranam Gacchâmi.
Dutiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchâmi.
Dutiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchâmi.
Dutiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchâmi.
Tatiyampi Buddham Saranarn Gacchâmi.
Tatiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchâmi.
Tatiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchâmi.
This is three full rounds of 3. First the translate to “I go to the Buddha/Dharma/Sangha for refuge” then the next 3 are “A second time I go to the Buddha/Dharma/Sanga” followed by you guessed it “A third time…”.
Another much less complex but equally effective mantra is simply “Om” this is credited as being the sound of the universe. The mantra you choose should mean something to you. And the real important point is to really invest some vibrational energy into it. It may need to be loud to be truly effective, for that reason alone I do it on my drive to work. The idea here is to activate the vibrational power inherent in the words and syllables.
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As always make it your own. I choose to use a mala when I do this, however it isn’t necessary. Some do it to a metered cadence again entirely up to you. I think this one is really simple and really powerful if you put those vocal chords into it you’ll really feel your practice. So get out there and do it!