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Mahayana Mantras

Postby ChangYuan » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:30 pm

Are there any mantras that people use regularly in the Mahayana traditions besides the Amitabha's name, and the daimoku in Nichiren? I personally find chanting practice to be very focusing, and am always interested in what others do for that type of practice.
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby Malcolm » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:35 pm

ChangYuan wrote:Are there any mantras that people use regularly in the Mahayana traditions besides the Amitabha's name, and the daimoku in Nichiren? I personally find chanting practice to be very focusing, and am always interested in what others do for that type of practice.



Om mani padme hum -- Avalokiteshavara
Om tāre tuttāre ture svāhā -- Tārā
Om a ra pa cha na dhiḥ -- Manjushri
Om muni muni mahāmuni śākyamuni svāhā -- Buddha
Tadyatha gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svāhā -- Prajñāparamita.
Tadyatha om bhaisajya bhaisajya mahābhaisajya rājā samudgate svāhā -- Medicien Buddha
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby ChangYuan » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:38 pm

Namdrol wrote:
ChangYuan wrote:Are there any mantras that people use regularly in the Mahayana traditions besides the Amitabha's name, and the daimoku in Nichiren? I personally find chanting practice to be very focusing, and am always interested in what others do for that type of practice.



Om mani padme hum -- Avalokiteshavara
Om tāre tuttāre ture svāhā -- Tārā
Om a ra pa cha na dhiḥ -- Manjushri
Om muni muni mahāmuni śākyamuni svāhā -- Buddha
Tadyatha gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svāhā -- Prajñāparamita.
Tadyatha om bhaisajya bhaisajya mahābhaisajya rājā samudgate svāhā -- Medicien Buddha


Aren't the Manjushri, Medicine Buddha and Prajñāparamita mantras that require empowerments?
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby pemachophel » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:48 pm

There's also the Ganapati-Ganeshwara mantra in the Ganapati-Ganeshwara sutra just to name one more.
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby Malcolm » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:56 pm

ChangYuan wrote:
Namdrol wrote:
ChangYuan wrote:Are there any mantras that people use regularly in the Mahayana traditions besides the Amitabha's name, and the daimoku in Nichiren? I personally find chanting practice to be very focusing, and am always interested in what others do for that type of practice.



Om mani padme hum -- Avalokiteshavara
Om tāre tuttāre ture svāhā -- Tārā
Om a ra pa cha na dhiḥ -- Manjushri
Om muni muni mahāmuni śākyamuni svāhā -- Buddha
Tadyatha gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svāhā -- Prajñāparamita.
Tadyatha om bhaisajya bhaisajya mahābhaisajya rājā samudgate svāhā -- Medicien Buddha


Aren't the Manjushri, Medicine Buddha and Prajñāparamita mantras that require empowerments?


Nope.
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby ChangYuan » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:13 pm

Namdrol wrote:Nope.


Great! Would you happen to know of a good site to get the english translations of these, as well as a pronunciation guide?
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby Malcolm » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:22 pm

ChangYuan wrote:
Namdrol wrote:Nope.


Great! Would you happen to know of a good site to get the english translations of these, as well as a pronunciation guide?


They are pretty much pronounced as they are spelled.

All 'a' sounds in Sanskrit sound as in "fall", only difference is in length ā is twice as long as a. 'I' sounds like "ee" as in "he" again, if there is a macron i.e. ī, double the length.

"ai' sounds like a cross between "bye" and "bay", it is kind of in between those two depending on region.

When reciting mantras sutra style, sing them out loud melodiously.
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby Astus » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:00 am

"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby catmoon » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:02 pm

Also see wildmind.org for mantras, recordings, and background.
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby Astus » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:48 pm

The Ten Small Mantras used commonly in Chinese Buddhism.
"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby denice » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:35 pm

Namdrol wrote:
ChangYuan wrote:Are there any mantras that people use regularly in the Mahayana traditions besides the Amitabha's name, and the daimoku in Nichiren? I personally find chanting practice to be very focusing, and am always interested in what others do for that type of practice.



Om mani padme hum -- Avalokiteshavara
Om tāre tuttāre ture svāhā -- Tārā
Om a ra pa cha na dhiḥ -- Manjushri
Om muni muni mahāmuni śākyamuni svāhā -- Buddha
Tadyatha gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svāhā -- Prajñāparamita.
Tadyatha om bhaisajya bhaisajya mahābhaisajya rājā samudgate svāhā -- Medicien Buddha


i do the above mentioned mantras daily
keeping the mind in perfect tranquility and free from any attachment to appearances."
"So I say to you -
This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world:"
"Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream;
Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream."
"So is all conditioned existence to be seen."
Thus spoke Buddha.
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Re: Mahayana Mantras

Postby Jinzang » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:24 am

Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin taught that mantras start with "tadhyatha" as an indication that they were taken from sutras. Examples are the mantras of Prajnaparamita, Medicine Buddha, and 1000 Armed Avalokitishvara.
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