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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.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|mǎ nī / ma3 ni1 / ma ni / mani|
|Om Mani Padme Hum||唵麼抳鉢訥銘吽|
|on mani padomei un|
|ǎn mó nǐ bō míng hǒu|
an3 mo2 ni3 bo1 ne4 ming2 hou3
an mo ni bo ne ming hou
|an mo ni po ne ming hou
|Om Mani Padme Hum||唵嘛呢叭咪吽||ǎn ma ní bā mī hōng|
an3 ma5 ni2 ba1 mi1 hong1
an ma ni ba mi hong
|an ma ni pa mi hung
|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.