The Great Vocho

© Terri Lloyd, Hairy Carrion Arts

Digital Illustration 2004
Giclee Print

Self portrait about what drives me.

I am interested in Buddhism. But do not call me a Buddhist.
I am interested in much about religion, philosophy and such.
But please, don’t make me choose a church, or dogma, or format.

Right now what drives me is the Great Vehicle.
How you interpret that is up to you.

Background text:
Om Mane Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum is the mantra of Chenrezig. In the words of Kalu Rinpoche, “Through mantra, we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness.”

That enlightened awareness includes whatever we might need to understand in order to save any beings, including ourselves, from suffering. For that reason the entire Dharma, the entire truth about the nature of suffering and the many ways of removing it’s causes, is said to be contained in these six syllables.

Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum

“It is said that the twelve syllables Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum carry the entire blessing of the twelve types of teaching taught by Buddha, which are the essence of His Eightyfour Thousand Dharmas. Therefore to recite the Vajra guru mantra once is the equivalent to the blessing of reciting…..or practicing the whole teaching of the Buddha.

The wisdom mind of Padmasambhava is manifested in the form of the mantra; these twelve syllables are actually the emanation of His wisdom mind, and they are endowed with His entire blessing. The vajra guru mantra is Padmasambhava in the form of sound. So when you invoke Him with the recitation of the twelve syllables, the blessing and merit you obtain is tremendous. In these difficult times, just as there is no Buddha or refuge we can call upon who is more powerful than Padmasambhava, so there is no mantra that is more fitting than the Vajra Guru Mantra.”