It is good to recite the following mantras in the morning, to prepare for the day’s activities:
om sambhara sambhara bimana sara maha dzawa hung/ om mara mara bimana kara maha dzawa hung
The Parinata-cakra-sutra says that if this is recited seven times, whatever virtuous actions one does that day will be multiplied by 100,000.
Blessing the rosary
om rutsira mani prawa taya hung
In the Palace of Vast Jewels, it says to recite this seven times and then blow on the rosary to increase the power of subsequent recitations.
Blessing the feet
om kraytsara ghana hung hri soha
By reciting this three times, then spitting on the soles of your feet, it helps any living creature that dies beneath your feet that day to be reborn in the god realm of the Thirty-three.
Blessing the speech
I am the deity. On my tongue from an AH comes a moon disc. On it is a white OM. Around that are the white Sanskrit vowels standing clockwise. Around that are the red Sanskrit consonants standing anticlockwise. Around that are the blue syllables of the heart of dependent arising mantra, standing clockwise. Visualizing this, I recite these in succession, beginning with the innermost.
Sanskrit vowels: om a a i i u u ri ri li li e ai o au am ah soha1 (3x)
Sanskrit consonants: om ka kha ga gha nga/ cha chha ja jha nya/ tra thra dra dhra nra/ ta tha da dha na/ pa pha ba bha ma/ ya ra la wa/ sha shha sa ha ksha soha (3x)
Heart of Dependent Arising: om ye dharma haytu prabhava haytunte shan tatagato hyawadat/ teshan tsayo nirodha ewam wadi maha shramanaye soha (3x)
(Phenomena arise from causes; those causes have been taught by the Tathagata, and their cessation too has been proclaimed by the Great Renunciate.)
Light from the OM and the mantra garlands summons inspiring power of speech, worldly and supermundane, in the form of the three mantras, the seven perfect royal treasures and the eight auspicious signs. These dissolve into the OM and the mantra garlands. Then the Heart of Dependent Arising mantra dissolves into the Sanskrit consonants, that into the Sankrit vowels, that into the OM, and that into the moon disc. This transforms into an AH, which melts into white and red nectar and dissolves into the tongue, making it the nature of vajra.
The benefits of this practice are: the ability of one’s speech is perfected, one’s recitations are multiplied in strength ten million times; the power of one’s mantra recitation is not diminished by eating non-vegetarian food; one’s idle talk becomes like recitation, and one does not accumulate so much negative karma from idle talk.
om ahbirakay tsara hung
Recite this seven times over the meat to stop the fault of eating meat and to help the sentient beings whose flesh it was to be reborn in a happy realm.
The Medicine Buddha’s mantra
tayata om bhaykandze bhaykandze maha bhaykandze bhaykandze radza samudgate soha
Another version of the Medicine Buddha’s mantra:
tayata om bhaykandze bhaykandze maha bhaykandze radza samudgate soha
i i is pronounced e ee (long e as in beet); e is pronounced as a long a, as in gate; ai is also a long a as in aisle. ↩
Venerable Thubten Chodron
Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.