Sacred Sound: Mantra Meditations for Centeredness and Inspiration, the popular audio course on mantra chanting led by Bodhipaksa and Sunada, is coming out as a double CD in January.
Sacred Sound is a complete guide to mantra meditation. In it you’ll find everything you need to get started with a mantra chanting practice, including:
- The “magical” background and history of mantras
- How mantras can help us develop centeredness and inspiration
- Preparatory exercises to open the body and free the breath
- Seven mantras chanted for listening and learning
- The meaning and symbolism of each of the seven mantras
- A print-friendly companion guide with images, pronunciation key, and musical notations
Sacred Sound is led by Bodhipaksa, who has been practicing mantra meditation since 1982, and who is the author of Wildmind: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation, and Living as a River: Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change; and by Sunada, who is a life-long musician, workshop leader, and founder of Mindful Purpose Life Coaching. The running time of the audio program is over two hours.
my favourite mantra is Om mani padme hum because it seems to be recognised in so many countries and by so many Buddhist groups…
Om mani padme hum…is my favorite. I feel at peace and grounded.
“Om Mani Padme Hum” is my favorite mantra because its an easy one to remember, and I just DONT KNOW MANY MANTRA’S!! I would love to learn more about Mantras. I am an Attention Deficit Disorder(ADHD) Buddhist Meditater. I have always had a lot of practice at noticing thought and coming back to the meditation… but mostly I forget to come back. Very Frustrating. Mantras may just be the tool I need to remaine vigilant and not everywhere else!
the mantra that begins with Hara Hara. It was always played during my yoga class, brings me to the peaceful point that I found there.
I’m also going to go w/ Om mani padme hum, though I have a guru mantra as well. I pick omph because it does so much good for others, as well as oneself – I made up a little tune & I sing it when I’m around animals.
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I like the Christian meditation mantra “maranatha” which translates as “Come hither Lord”. It is applicable to all traditions as it expresses the spiritual yearning of the seeker (whether deist, theist, atheist or agnostic) in an archetypal sense.
“Om” the eternal all pervading sound of the Universe is the mantra I use.
Just feeling its vibration moving through my system awakens me and my entire being vibrates in “Ommmmmmmmmm”
As with all things, mantras change with what I need at the time. I am currently exploring Om in my meditation practice but, during my Reiki practice, I have been chanting the symbol names. I also do chakra meditations during which I chant the seed sound for each of the main chakras.
And the breath is always a most powerful sound, one that offers an infinite opportunity for centering and deepening.
My favorite mantra is the Tara mantra: Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha.
Tara is deliverer from all fears, and I feel comforted and watched over when I chant it.
My favorite mantra would be the Guru mantra. it was suggested in the book “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, bye Sogyal Rinpoche.
Also the Mani mantra.
Congratulations on the CD. Currently my favorite manta is the medicine Buddha mantra. I find it healing, calming, and I think subtly but powerfully transformative.
I find the Medicine Buddha mantra very calming and well, healing! :)
Good luck with the new CD. Since I tend to be a nervous and stressed person usually (” May I be peacefull and at ease “) can help me at times. Thanks for your WILDMIND news letter it has been helpfull in so many ways
I look forward to hearing your new mantra CD. Due to life circumstances right now, my favorite mantra is the mantra used to remove obstacles: OM GUM GANAPATHIYEI NAMAHA.
Thank you so much for your work in making the dharma available to so many people.
My favorite mantra is the Panchakshari Mahamantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. It is that Parashiva himself the Absolute in the form of sound vibration. Whatever the Absolute can accomplish this Mahamantra can also accomplish. It leads to absolute FREEDOM.
I find the lovingkindness mantra”May you be well, may you be happy, may you be free from suffering” so calming and full of warmth.
The mantra GATE, GATE,PARAGATE, PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA.. the greatest of them all .. the most healing, comforting, centering, keeping awareness focused of powerful prayers.
We asked random.org to pick a random number between 1 and 17, and the number that came up was 17. Since Santoshi’s comment was the 17th one, he’s the winner of the Sacred Sound CD! Congratulations, Santoshi! We’ll be in touch to get your address.