Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ is a praise to the four-armed Avalokiteshvara (translated as ‘the lord who looks in every direction’ or ‘the lord of what we see’), the Buddhist deity of infinite compassion and mercy. The mantra invokes ‘the jewel in the lotus’, the jewel being the wish fulfilling gem (or cintāmaṇi), and the lotus representing purity. Either spoken aloud or sounded internally, the mantra is believed to create a connection to Avalokiteshvara and induce a higher level of spiritual awareness.
Working with Lhagon Kyap, a local calligrapher who specialises in thangkas (Tibetan religious scrolls), we are pleased to offer our community hand-painted blessings in copper sand ink that depict the most recited and ubiquitous of all Buddhist mantras, oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ. Offer this blessing to a loved one to create a special holiday gift this season.