Dear O-Henro ... Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are still on our pilgrimage along the 88 temples of the Shikoku trail, but we are busy with the last semester of this pilgrimage, so soon we will arrive at the end of this pilgrimage. Today we are visiting Taisan-ji (temple 52).
Taisan-ji is devoted to Juichimen Kannon or in sanskrit "Avalokitesvara", the Buddha of Compassion or "The Lord who looks down". It is said that the Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of Avalokitesvara and the mantra for this Boddhisattva is this well known "Om Mani Padme Hum". His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama says about this mantra the following:
The first, Om symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha".
"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love."
"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom".
"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility".
"Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha". [...]
drifiting with the spring breeze -
Om Mani Padme Hum
touches me deep in my heart
I whisper a prayer