02 The Guru Rinpoche Mantra
The Guru Rinpoche Mantra:
OM AH HUNG BENZRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG
Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan and neighboring countries in the 8th century AD. By reciting the Guru Rinpoche Mantra with confidence and strong devotion in one’s heart, one is imbued with his blessings. Outer obstacles and inner obstacles will be removed and through the purification of our body, speech, and mind compassion and the desire to be beneficial to others will arise.
OM AH HUNG. Represents the transformative blessings of the body (OM), speech (AH), and mind (HUNG) of Guru Rinpoche and all the Buddhas, VAJRA. Like a diamond cuts through anything but is itself completely indestructible, the unchanging wisdom of the Buddhas can never be destroyed and cuts through all delusion and obscuration.
GURU. The blessing of our Guru, who is endowed with every quality, who embodies wisdom, knowledge, compassion, and skilful means.
PADMA. Means lotus and signifies the Lotus family of the Buddhas and their enlightened speech. The name Padmasambhava, the “Lotus-born,” refers to the story of his birth on a blossoming lotus flower.
SIDDHI. Through receiving the blessing of ordinary Siddhis (attainments), all obstacles in our lives are removed and all our good aspirations are fulfilled.
HUNG. Represents the wisdom mind of the Buddhas and is the sacred spark of the mantra, like proclaiming its power and truth – ”So be it!”