What is Mantra

A mantra is a sequence of words or syllables that are chanted, usually repetitively, as part of a Buddhist practice.
If one can constantly chant a mantra with full concentration and without random thoughts,
this is similar to the practise of meditation, which is a way to quiet your body, mind and heart.
Eventually, one will gradually develop inner wisdom.
Also, chanting mantra is often used for the protection from evil and misfortune,
and used to build connection with Buddha and Bodhisattva.

What is Mantra
Before Chanting

So, what activities are considered as misbehaving while chanting Buddhism Mantra?

1) Do not put Buddhist Mantra on a dirty table, at the bottom of a bookshelf, on a bed, on the headstock of a bed or inside of a closet
2) Do not create a bookmark by indenting a page or drawing a mark by applying force with your finger nail
3) Do not lick your finger while turning a page in the doctrines......

Before Chanting

Popular Mantra

Many people incorrectly believe that the more mantra you know, the better off you are. Don't be greedy! The purpose of chanting Mantra is to calm and stablize your heart and mind. Chanting one mantra without having or following another thought can be your lifetime homework already. So, don't focus your valuable time on finding new mantra to learn. Rather, fcous and master your concentration. The idea is similar to laser: focus all of your energy into one single point in order to break through the illusions we are living in

Shurangama Mantra

Shurangama Mantra is the longest and the most powerful mantra. As long as there is one person chanting Shurangama Mantra, there is proper Dharma in the world because demons, ghosts and other entities don't dare to show themselves in the world.

Great Compassion Mantra

The Great Compassion Mantra is an extremely powerful mantra because it contains different sacred names of Avalokiteshvara and his vow to help suffering species away from difficulties.

The Ten Small Mantras

Ten Small Mantras are important mantras shared by different Buddhas and Bohisattvas, and these mantras have different purpose on improving one's health, wealth and wisdom development.

The Six-Character Great Bright Mantra

"Om Mani Padme Hum", or "Six-Character Great Bright Mantra", is a very important one in Tibetan Buddhism, and it is the vow and blessing from Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. "Om Mani Padme Hum" is easy to chant and remember, so this Mantra is widely accepted and recited in the world.

The Heart of Shurangama Mantra

"The Heart of Shurangama Mantra" contains only 6 syllables, but it is as powerful as the full mantra. In translation, this mantra means white canopy, which provides a shelter for protecting the practitioner until attaining enlightenment.

Namo Amitabha

Amitabha means "Infinite Light", and he is the principal Buddha in Western Pure Land. Chanting "Namo Amitabha", similar to chanting mantra, trains our concentration and builds connection with this Buddha. By doing so, it tempts our heart and helps us to find our inner wisdom.

Shurangama Mantra

King of all Mantra

Among the Buddha's teachings, “Shurangama Mantra” is considered to be the king of all mantras
and it relates to the flourish of Buddhism.
"Shurangama" translates as "ultimately firm and indestructible".
The content of the “Shurangama Mantra” comes from the top of Buddha's Dharma,
and chanting "Shurangama Mantra" can subdue heavenly demons and controls externalists
because the mantra can break through all of their evil spells.
Bad spirits don't dare to show themselves in this world,
so that prevents heaven and earth from being destroyed.

Shurangama Mantra

The Great Compassion Mantra

"Great Compassion Mantra” is a mantra spoken by Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
and it is widely recited in the mainstream Buddhism.
The title reflects the compassion of this Bodhisattva on relieving living beings from their sufferings and difficulties.
If one can recite “Great Compassion Mantra” sincerely and single-mindedly,
one can purify his bad karma and
obtain various embodiments, wisdom, capacities and merits of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and other enlightened beings.

The Great Compassion Mantra
The Six-Character Great Bright Mantra

"Om Mani Padme Hum", or “Six-Character Great Bright Mantra”,
is associated with Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.
In translation, this mantra means the "Buddhist Sacred Flower",
which releases wonderful smell in this evil time of five turbidities.
"Om Mani Padme Hum" also blesses the practitioner to achieve perfection
in generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom,
which are what all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have to go through before attaining enlightenment.

The Six-Character Great Bright Mantra

The Heart of Shurangama Mantra

The Heart of Shurangama Mantra”, or “Xi Dan Duo, Bo Da La”,
is one of the phrases in “Shurangama Mantra”,
but is just as powerful and efficacious as the full mantra.
Shakyamuni Buddha has proclaimed that this short mantra has inconceivable power to
destroy hindrances, remove one’s afflictions, and facilitate one’s attainment of Buddhahood.
"The Heart of Shurangama Mantra" is actually a path, proclaimed due to compassion,
for the illiterates to gain access to the ultimate Dharma of “Shurangama Mantra”.

The Heart of Shurangama Mantra
Namo Amitabha

Pure Land (Sukhavati)

The logic of name chanting is similar to mantra chanting,
which is to practise concentration and to minimize random thoughts
until one discovers the inner wisdom and ultimate truth.
Chanting Buddha's name or Bodhisattva's name is a common practice in Asian Buddhism,
and reciting Amitabha's name is particular popular in the name chanting Dharma.
It forms a school called Pure Land Buddhism.

Amitabha is the principal Buddha in the Western Pure Land, and by chanting his name,
it helps the practitioner to restore his mind back to purity, equality and peace.
Chanting "Namo Amitabha" can neutralize turbulent thoughts such as greed, anger, and ignorance.
Therefore, a country with many Buddha Name Chanters will
bring peace, stability and prosperity to that area.

Namo Amitabha