Buddhist Mantras and Chants

Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide    

Mantras

These are a few popular Buddhist mantras heard at Triratna retreats and pujas. For more information on mantras, visit Visible Mantra .

Amitābha

oṃ amitābha hrīḥ  

Tibetan alternative: oṃ amideva hrīḥ

Avalokiteśvara

oṃ maṇipadme hūṃ  

Green Tārā

oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā  

Mañjuśrī

oṃ a ra pa ca na dhīḥ  

Padmasambhava

oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajraguru padmasiddhi hūṃ  

Śākyamuni

oṃ muni muni mahāmuni śākyamuni svāhā

Vajrasattva

Standard

oṃ vajrasattva hūṃ

 

100-Syllable 

oṃ vajrasattva samayam anupālaya vajrasattvatvenopatiṣṭha dṛḍho me bhava sutoṣyo me bhava supoṣyo me bhava anurakto me bhava sarva siddhiṃ me prayaccha sarvakarmasu ca me cittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru hūṃ ha ha ha ha hoḥ bhagavan sarvatathāgatavajra mā me muñca vajrī bhava mahāsamayasattva āḥ

White Tārā

oṃ tāre tuttāre ture mama āyuḥ-puṇya-jñāna-puṣṭiṃ kuru svāhā  

*In the adjacent video, “Bhante” is substituted  for “mama” in wishing Bhante long life.

Peace

oṃ śanti śanti śanti  

* This mantra is used at the end of Triratna pujas.

Prajñāpāramita

gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā  

Vajrapāṇi

oṃ vajrapaṇi hūṃ

Buddhist Chants

Here is a short selection of chants you may hear at Triratna retreats and pujas.

The Bodhisattva of Compassion, When he meditated deeply, Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering. Here then, Form is no other than emptiness, Emptiness no other than form. Form is only emptiness, Emptiness only form. Feeling, thought, and choice, Consciousness itself, Are the same as this. All things are by nature void They are not born or destroyed Nor are they stained or pure Nor do they wax or wane So, in emptiness, no form, No feeling, thought, or choice, Nor is there consciousness. No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind; No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch, Or what the mind takes hold of, Nor even act of sensing. No ignorance or end of it, Nor all that comes of ignorance; No withering, no death, No end of them. Nor is there pain, or cause of pain, Or cease in pain, or noble path To lead from pain; Not even wisdom to attain! Attainment too is emptiness. So know that the Bodhisattva Holding to nothing whatever, But dwelling in Prajna wisdom, Is freed of delusive hindrance, Rid of the fear bred by it, And reaches clearest Nirvana. All Buddhas of past and present, Buddhas of future time, Using this Prajna wisdom, Come to full and perfect vision. Hear then the great dharani, The radiant peerless mantra, The Prajnaparamita Whose words allay all pain; Hear and believe its truth! Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa

Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi

Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi

Kāmesumicchācāra veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi

Musāvādā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi

Surā-meraya-majja pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

sabbe sattā sukhi hontu

imasmiṃ sati idaṃ hoti imass’ uppādā idaṃ uppajjati imasmiṃ asati idaṃ na hoti imassa nirodhā idaṃ nirujjhati

We extend deep gratitude to our friend, Kevin Schanilec (formerly Satyadhana), for his kindness and wisdom in clarifying pronunciation for these mantras/chants.