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Recitation

Then one recites aloud or even sings the Mantras in a melodic voice to confirm the experience. This is the Seva as such or the ritual service of reciting Mantras. There are three Mantras that are very common in Bönpo practice and can be used for purification and transformation purposes. These Mantras should be recited as many times as possible or at least 100,000 times. One should not eat or talk while engaged in a session of Mantra Recitation. The Mantras, known as the Three Essential Heart Mantras, are as follows:

 

1. A A KAR SA LE Ö A YANG OM DU

This is the Mantra that is primarily related to the Dharmakaya aspect of Kuntu Zangpo and is also used to develop the Dzogchen perspective on contemplation and vision.

 

The syllable from the first long A means Shenla Ökar, while A KAR means the Dharmakaya (Bönku). SA LE Ö means «clear light» and A YAM means «unborn wisdom». The syllable OM means the five bodies of a Buddha (Bönku, Dzogku, Trülku, Nobo Nidku and Nonpar Changchub Kschiku). The syllable DU means «that's how it should be!».

 

 

2. OM MA TRI MU YE SALE DU

This is the Great Mantra, which is mainly associated with Tönpa Shenrab, and it serves to cleanse the six realms or destinies of rebirth. As explained above, the first two syllables signify the Buddha and the Great Mother, the perfection of wisdom, while the remaining six syllables signify the Dulshen or the six emanations of Tönpa Shenrab in the six destinies of rebirth.

 

In this Mantra, each syllable corresponds to a manifestation of enlightened consciousness:

 

OM portrays the Buddha Tönpa Shenrab with skillful means and compassion;
MA is the Great Mother Sherab Chamma, who stands for wisdom and the vastness of space;

 

Then follow the six emanations of the Buddha known as the Six Dulshen, which conquer and transform the six destinies of rebirth;

 

TRI is Mucho Demdruk, who transforms anger and hate by total love and friendliness, thus purifying the various realm of hell;

 

MU is Sangwa Ngangring, who transforms greed and desire with total generosity, cleansing the realm of the Pretas or hungry ghosts.

 

YE is Tisang Rangzhi, who transforms ignorance and confusion with all-encompassing knowledge and wisdom to purify the wildlife.

 

SA is Drajin Pungpa, who transforms envy and jealousy into total expanse, cleansing the human world with.

 

LE is Chegyal Parti, who transforms pride and arrogance into total tranquility, cleansing the areas of Asuras with.

 

DU is Yeshen Tsugphud, who transforms laziness and sloth with total diligence and total power, cleansing the areas of the Devas with.

 

 

3. A KAR A MED DU TRI SU NAG PO ZHI ZHI MAL MAL SO HA

This is another Mantra for the purification of the six realms, for the confession of negative actions and for the purification in general. It is associated with the Sambhogakaya aspect of Shenla Ökar. The meaning of this Mantra is as follows: «May all misunderstandings be destroyed and may all the negative actions of the three poisons be pacified; May the mind be peaceful in the light of wisdom!»

 

The esoteric meaning of the syllables of this Mantra is explained in the representation of the words as follows:
A KAR means that the nature of the mind is completely pure,
A MED means that the original awareness is clearly visible, like light,
DU TRI SU means cleansing the evil destinies of rebirth in Samsara namely, the hells, the Preta areas and the areas of animals,
NAG PO means that the sins and veils of one's Karma will be purified,
ZHI ZHI means that the suffering of Samsara will be pacified,
MAL MAL means that one comes to possess the thoughts of happiness; and
SOHA means overcoming Rudra, the demon of false beliefs.

 

Then one implements the seal of non-conceptuality, that is, one enters a state of contemplation that is free from all discursive thought. And thus awakened, one devotes the resulting merit of the enlightenment of all sentient beings.