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Mani

China mǎ nī
Mani Vertical Wall Scroll

瑪妮 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Mani.

Mani

Japan mani
Mani Vertical Wall Scroll

マニ is the name Mani written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ
China ǎn mó nǐ bō míng hǒu
Japan on mani padomei un
Om Mani Padme Hum Vertical Wall Scroll

This is one of the earliest and best known mantras in the Buddhist tradition.

It can be heard in temples from Tokyo to Tibet.

This mantra is an expression of the basic attitude of compassion. It translates literally as, "oṃ the jewel in the lotus hūṃ".


There are several titles and transliterations for this mantra, including, 六字大明呪 (Great 6-syllable mantra), 六字真言 (6-syllable Sanskrit mantra of Avalokiteshvara bodhisattva), 唵嘛呢叭咪吽, 唵嘛呢叭咪哞, and 唵嘛咪叭呢哞.
Contact me if you need any of these alternates on your wall scroll.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mani瑪妮
玛妮
mǎ nī / ma3 ni1 / ma ni / mani
Maniマニmani
Om Mani Padme Hum唵麼抳鉢訥銘吽
唵么抳钵讷铭吽
on mani padomei un
onmanipadomeiun
ǎn mó nǐ bō míng hǒu
an3 mo2 ni3 bo1 ne4 ming2 hou3
an mo ni bo ne ming hou
anmoniboneminghou
an mo ni po ne ming hou
anmoniponeminghou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.