This mantra is associated with Avalokiteshvara (Tib: Chenrizig), the personification of the Buddha’s boundless compassion for all sentient beings. This mantra is translated as “the jewel in the lotus of the heart”. Repeating this mantra is method of cultivating infinite compassion within oneself, of invoking protection for oneself and others and of expressing the quintessentially Buddhist wish that all sentient beings be fully liberated from suffering.
Each syllable has a genuine purifying effect: OM purifies the veils of body, MA purifies the veils of speech, NI purifies the veils of mind, PAD purifies the veils of conflicting emotions, ME purifies the veils of latent conditioning, and HUM purifies the veil that covers knowledge.
Prayer wheels contain mantras written on strips of paper. Prayer wheels contain thousands of copies of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Spinning a prayer wheel is like saying the mantra repeatedly.
Reciting this mantra and spinning the prayer wheels while circumambulating the monastery builds positive karma. We circumambulate and spin of the prayer wheels in a clock wise fashion in the same manner as the Buddha. This method of accumulating merit for the benefit of all being is placed here for students, guests and visitors that come to the monastery.