Om Mani Padma Hum
Om Mani Padma Hum
Om Mani Peme Hung

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Four-armed Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhists believe that the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum invites the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), who offers the distilled essence of the compassion of all the Buddhas. They tell us it will do so whether we say it, hear it, see its written form, stand near a prayer wheel or walk around it, or merely think of the mantra in any form at all.
In the vast Central Asian realms influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, visual images of the mantra are often carved onto stones, which are placed where people can see them. It is also painted on rocks and on walls. MANI STONE
a mani stone
Mani wall at Tashi Lhunpo
When the mantra is painted, traditional colors are used.
ME is RED;
Carved on stone and painted
Techno Feng-shui

These days we have more options than rocks and walls. This Mani Bumper Sticker came from Glimpse of Tibet, a Tibetan handicrafts store in Northampton, Massachusetts.

From this Web page you can download several different types of digital images of the mani mantra, including high-resolution versions that are suitable for printing and framing for display in your home, workplace or meditation space, and smaller versions that are optimized for use on Web pages and e-mail messages. You can use one on the background of your computer screen. The High resolution versions can be reduced for use in print media.

All the images below this point on the page were developed for  Dharma Haven, and you are welcome to use them for any respectful purpose.

Images of the Mantra

Rainbow Mani

Black-on-White Mani

We hope you will also look at some of our other pages, focusing on various aspects of the mantra and its meaning. One good place to start would be our page on Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara). The mantra is said to bring his benevolent gaze to us and those we wish to help:

Chenrezig: The Embodiment of Compassion

Here's a page that describes the mantra, how it's pronounced and written, and some the many different explanations of what it means:

The Meaning of the Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum

According to the teachings, spinning the written form of the mantra around in a
Mani wheel gives the same benefit as saying the mantra:

The Prayer Wheel: Spiritual Technology from Tibet

This page gives information on how
mantras are used in meditation:

Tibetan Healing Meditation

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Mani Graphics Images
"There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections of the Buddha's teachings which is not contained in Avalokiteshvara's six syllable mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum", and as such the qualities of the "mani" are praised again and again in the Sutras and Tantras.... Whether happy or sad, if we take the "mani" as our refuge, Chenrezig will never forsake us, spontaneous devotion will arise in our minds and the Great Vehicle will effortlessly be realized."
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
-- Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones

The images shown here can be copied ("downloaded") to your computer. Click on the image you want to save with the right mouse button, and select the "Save Image as:" or "Save Picture as:" function from the menu. 
Circular Mani

Mani Graphics Workshop

Make your own images

Mani on Gold/Blue

Mani Rainbow

Mani Black on White

Circular Mani
 Om Mani Padme Hum Hri
Carved on slate by a craftsman in Nepal.
The background in the photograph is an American Navaho rug.

250 x 256  Pixels
Web optimized; 20.27  KBytes
Larger Image
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Very Large Image
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Mani on Gold/Blue background (digital graphic)
Om Mani Padma Hum
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Larger Image
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Very Large Image
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Mani Rainbow (digital graphic)
Om Mani Padma Hum
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Larger Image
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Mani black on white (digital graphic)
Om Mani Padma Hum
298 x 116  Pixels
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Larger Image
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Very Large Image
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Mani Mantra Graphics Workshop
Make your Own Mani Images
Om Mani Padma Hum
Photoshop Document with 5 Layers
Note: The image shown above is not a Photoshop image.
It is a Web optimized JPEG image made from the Photoshop images below.
Small Image
Photoshop PSD
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Large Image
Photoshop PSD
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Very Large Image
Photoshop PSD
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Please note: Most Web prowsers cannot display these images.
You will need to download them ('Save Link As ...' or 'Save Target As ...') and use a graphics viewer or image editor that can handle Photoshop  files (.PSD files). Also, please be sure that when you save the file it gets a .psd extension and not .htm or .psd.htm ]

If you download one of these images, you can modify it in many different ways using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe PhotoDelux, or any other graphics editor that can work with the layers in Photoshop's PSD files. Some editors that are available free can do this. For Windows machines, the GIMP Windows Port and Oriens Enhancer should both be able to do this. Similar free software is available for other operating systems.

Making New Versions of the Mani Workshop Image

The image has the following five layers:

"Background" layer with traditional syllable colors

Gradient Fill Layer 1
For Backgrounds

Gradient Fill Layer 2
For Mantra

Border Layer
Brightness/Contrast 1

Changing the Background

This image was made by turning off the Gradient Fill Layer 2. Change the background, Gradient Fill Layer 1, in any way you please. 

(Please note that the background you see in the composite image is not given by the so-called 'background' layer, which is just the bottom layer in the stack.) For example, to make the background a solid color, you can use the same color for the two end points of the fill gradient. The programs include many different types of fill gradients, and ways of modifying them.  

Changing the Mantra Colors 

This image was made by turning on both Gradient Fill Layers, 1 and 2, and changing the angle of the fill gradient in Layer 1 to 90 degrees.  

Gradient Fill Layer 1 changes only the background, and Gradient Fill Layer 2 changes only the syllables. Change the background and the syllables in any way you please.

More Effects

For some effects, you should forget about the Mani Workshop images and start fresh with one of the "Mani black on white" images.

Mani blur with neon glow
This image was made by using the "Neon Glow" and "Blur" filters in Photoshop Elements, along with other tools like "Auto Contrast".
I have no idea exactly what I did to create it, and I suspect that any of us could do better.
Play with it!

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Image Credits

The image in the Books section of a woman turning a large gold Mani wheel is from the cover of Wheel of Great Compassion.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's teaching "Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones," was given at Tibet House in New York in 1984 and published in the volume titled Essence of Buddhism: Teachings at Tibet House.

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