Video: 9 Benefits of Buddhist Mantra and How to Practice, How to Recite and How to Accumulate Merit

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    Why are Buddhist Mantras important in Mahayana and Vajrayana practice, especially in modern, busy times? What are the nine benefits of Buddhist Mantra as taught by Buddha and lineage teachers? Is simply listening to mantra beneficial? How do mantras actually work? What is transmission from Sutra or lineage and empowerment? Why and how do we accumulate mantras in our lifetime?


    00:00 Introduction Why are Buddhist Mantras important in modern times?
    01:13 Mantra: dssence of Enlightened Speech of the Buddhas
    02:01 Lama Zopa: story of Buddha and theswans
    02:36 Important of reciting for self and Others, including animals
    03:30 Mindfulness and “bringing full attention” — become the words!
    04:07 Science: increased concentration and mental clarity: study
    04:37 Lama Zopa: guarding the mind and self
    05:23 Three requirements of practicing mantras
    07:20 Mantra invokes Body, Speech and Mind of your Yidam
    07:31 Explicit intentions and example of Tara’s mantra
    08:43 Garchen Rinpoche: 9 benefits of mantras
    09:52 Accumulations of mantra: how and why & counting retreat
    11:50 Requirements and Permissions: Main requirement is Bodhichitta
    12:17 Garchen Rinpoche: Online teachings permission: “all beings can be a Buddha.”
    Mantra Video for the two videos cited in the video:
    Tara’s Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha:
    Mantra video for Avalokiteshvara: Om Mani Padme Hum:

    Books Cited

    • Vajrakilaya: A Complete Guide with Experiential Instructions by Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche. On Amazon>>
    • The wisdom of no escape and the path of loving-kindness by Pema Chodron On Amazon>>
    • The Power of Mantra: Vital Practices for Transformation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche On Amazon>>
    • Tara in the palm of your hand: A guide to the practice of the twenty-one Taras according to the Mahasiddha Surya Gupta tradition by Venerable Zasep Rinpoche On Amazon>>
      (Note: Above links are affiliant links on

    Teachers Quoted

    Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Read more of his teachings on Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive>>
    Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche: Learn more on Garchen Institute: Garchen Institute Website>>
    OR Garchen Institute Youtube Channel: Garchen Institute Website>>

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