Sundays, 5 – 5:45 PM, followed by free Talk
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,” which is: OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
What is mantra?
Mantras are sacred sounds that have been used for many centuries in spiritual practice to focus and transform subtle energies. Since they have no conceptual meaning, they do not evoke predetermined responses, leaving us free to transcend habitual responses. The sound of mantra can still the mind and senses, relax the body, and connect us with healing energies that are inherent in the psyche. (Read more on p.39 of Hidden Mind of Freedom)
Why the “Vajra Guru Mantra?”
This mantra has a particular affinity for clearing away obstacles, whether inner or outer. It also calls on the power of compassionate wisdom by evoking Padmasambhava, who can be said to represent our own mind.
There are many levels of meaning, but on one level: OM AH HUM are seed syllables that have a connection to body, speech and mind. VAJRA refers to the indestructible diamond or thunderbolt, GURU is teacher, PADMA is lotus, SIDDHI is success in practice, and finally HUM often comes at the end of mantras.
Participating at the Nyingma Institute
The chant is held Sundays at 5 PM in the Institute’s main meditation room. 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.
Please plan on arriving a few minutes before 5 PM. Both cushions and chairs are available for participants. All are welcome to attend this free event.