kirtu wrote:The Mani mantra is the condensed expression of the Buddha of Compasssion, Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit, Chenrezig: Tibetan). What does that mean? On one level the mantra and the power, lovingkindness, wisdom and all the qualities of Avalokiteshvara are completely contained in the mantra. They are inseparable. On another level, when we recite the mantra we are awakening these qualities in ourselves.
You can silently recite the mantra or almost silently recite the mantra (this is usually recommended). Almost silently means that you actually do recite the mantra vocally but it can't be heard even by a person standing next to you almost as if the sound were inaudible beyond your collar (so you are sort of whispering in a sense but not with a secretive intention). Then at times (once a day maybe) you stop, sit down and recite the Mani mantra undistractedly (or as undistractedly as possible) just doing that and just focusing on the sound of the mantra. You could also focus on the infinite compassion of Avalokiteshvara but I don't want to add anything to what your teacher suggested. Since you will ask your teacher later how to use the beads, just set a time of 5-10 minutes or even less for this. It would be very difficult to do this for 21 minutes now.
Yudron wrote:I use an electronic counter these days myself.
Lucent wrote:If it has a purification effect then I really need to say it a lot. XD
@Yudron, thank you for the explanation that makes a lot of sense. I suppose I should wait for my teacher to teach me before I attempt anything. I might get me one of those counters, it sounds really handy.
@Terma, thank you very much for the advice. It's greatly appreciated I need to say it more then because I really need the extra help
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