Learning a Buddhist mantra at first felt strange.
Being raised in the Catholic tradition I went through a spiritual revolution of sorts. Disenfranchised with organized religion I became committed to following a spiritual path.
I found myself drawn to Buddhism and its perspective on having your own experience with the Divine. Not to accept any teachings as such without personal contemplation and experience.
And when I first was drawn to study feng shui I had no idea that there were different "schools" or techniques to use. However, I found myself enrolled in a class that was "BTB Feng Shui" and was delighted to learn that the BTB stood for Black Sect Tibetan Buddhism.
What makes BTB Feng Shui different than others? One difference is the use of prayer or mantras, to deepen the effects of feng shui cures and ceremonies.
Why is this important? This article in elephant journal explains it well: "Buddhists believe that words hold powerful vibrations at their core. Since everything is made up of energy, it is essential to connect with it. Praying allows us to strengthen this connection and improve our oneness with the universe."
What does the Buddhist mantra "om mani padme hum" mean?
"Om mani padme hum" is probably the most popular mantra in Buddhism and we chant it often in BTB Feng Shui. It helps to reinforce the cures we put in place to enhance the energy of the environment. This mantra and intention connects us with the Divine and to manifest positive shifts in our lives.
The true meaning of the mantra "om mani padme hum" is difficult to translate in a few sentences. The mantra contains the essence of the Dharma, all of the teachings of the Buddha. It is said to invoke Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, also known as Quan Yin in Chinese Buddhism.
I have been taught that the mantra is translated to "the jewel is in the lotus" meaning that the Divine is within each and every one of us. Here is a link to a brief audio file.
When doing a space clearing and blessing ritual, I use this and a variety of other Buddhist mantras to strengthen the ceremony. As I move around the space, I chant mantras that help me connect to the power of heaven and earth. These sounds vibrate through the home and dispel malaise and stagnation, and refreshes the home with vitality and light.
In my experience I have found this mantra to be profoundly moving in both my consultations and my personal life.
My faith in prayer is restored.