For centuries mantras have been an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice. This tradition is continued at the Nyingma Institute, and every Sunday a Nyingma Institute senior student or faculty member leads participants in chanting a special mantra known as the “Vajra Guru Mantra.” Calling on the power of compassionate wisdom, the mantra is:
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
(Pronounced: om ah hum vajra guru payma siddhee hum)
The mantra is chanted in a slow melodious way that helps deepen meditation and activate inner healing. Approximately thirty minutes of chanting is followed by ten to fifteen minutes of silent sitting.