OM ASATO MAA SADGAMAYA, TAMASO MAA JYOTIR GAMAYA, MRITYOR MAA AMRITAM GAMAYA, OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI
Lead me from illusion to truth, from negative experience to gratitude, from personal negligence to nourishment, peace (personal translation…)
origin: Brihadaranyaka Upanishads
GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAM(MM) GATE BODHISWAHA
This mantra supports fearlessness, getting to the inevitable threshold of change with courage and hope… Literally ‘Gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond. Oh, what an awakening’
This version by the Dalai Lama…
origin: Heart Sutra of Buddha
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINU BHAVANTU
may all beings be happy, may we all have the opportunity to experience softness and calm as a birthright and may that experience of softness be without end
This is a different version by Deva Premal…
Origin: phrase is from one of the Mangala Mantra often recited after a pooja or religious ceremony
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
This is a prayer to Green Tara which is used to liberate a person from discontent, so that they may see themselves honestly without the grip of things like jealousy, anger and other disturbances
the more traditional version…
TAYATA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE RADZA SAMUDGATE SOHA
May the many beings who experience doubt, confusion or sickness be freed from these disturbances.
Traditional version here
Lovely version by Deva Premal here
Origin: Medicine Buddha Mantra
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VASUDEVAYA
A mantra to honour Krishna who teaches yoga as ‘skillfulness in action’, an ability to stay present and remain unaffected by the opinions of others.
origin: A Hindu Mantra
OM MANI PADME HUM
OM, is composed of three sounds – A, U, and M. These symbolise our potential to purify and nourish body, speech, and mind
MANI, meaning jewel, symbolises the altruistic intention to live with compassion, generosity and love.
PADME, meaning lotus, symbolises wisdom. A lotus grows from the mud but does not grow dirty in the muddy surroundings.
HUM, which indicates the connection between generosity and wisdom.
Watch the Dalai Lama explain the mantra beautifully…
Listen to him chant the mantra
Origin: Avalokitesvara Buddhist Mantra
Manjushri is a Bodhisattva who represents wisdom, he is associated with ordinary intelligence and mental accuity as well as transcendent wisdom, and his mantra Om A Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhih is said to confer intelligence… or at least remind us that we are wise and whole.
(This version we are using Tibetan pronunciation, Tsa is Ca in sanskrit version)
Listen here for traditional version…