1st Sunday of Month, Banteer
“Afternoon of Meditation and Loving Kindness Practice” followed by Chenrezig practice.
2pm – 5.30pm: Meditation and Loving Kindness Practice
5.40pm – 6pm: Chenrezig
Contribution : €10 (or according to means)
All welcome! No need to book, just come along!
Chenrezig is the embodiment of compassion and through this practice we aim to awaken the same qualities of loving-kindness and compassion in ourselves. It is easily accessible and, as such, is a great introduction to Tibetan Buddhist practice and prayer for people new to this tradition. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to attend or take part. Chenrezig practice can be practiced without empowerment but if you have a chance to take it, is is recommended. If you are doing this practice regularly, it is recommended that you will get a reading transmission for the practice. The prayers are chanted in Tibetan, and the centre has texts with transliteration and translation for you to join in.
“Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ” is the six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra particularly associated with Chenrezig.
The 14th Dalai Lama says:
- “It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast… The first, Om […] symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]”
- “The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[…]”
- “The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[…]”
- “Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[…]”
- “Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]”