Buddha imparted that the Buddha is the doctor, the Dharma is the medicine, and the Sangha is the nurse. Mantras are Dharma.

The heart of mantra chanting is the respectful intention to commune with the Divine (deities), in order to manifest prayers and express gratitude. It is also an appeal for protection to the deities.

Words have power. The sound we invoke from vibration and resonance that is also capable of healing our bodies and realizing our objectives.  They are even life-changing. They have the potency to turn the negative into positive.

The positive effects of mantras can only be understood by those who open their hearts to the mantra — chanting with love and devotion — and who believe in the deities they are connecting with through the chanting. This not only benefits you but all of creation.

It is important to note that chanting without the appropriate intent of heart and mind can render the offering to be less fruitful and significant.

 

Mantras in Buddhist Meditation

Also used as a method of meditation, a mantra is effectively a sound symbol of a specific divinity, such as a Buddha or Bodhisattva.

Commonly used by Buddhists and Hindus, mantras used in Tibetan Buddhist chanting are in Sanskrit, to preserve the original mantras from the ancient Hindu Vedas. These chants have been around for 10,000 years, and their power is sacred and eternal.

Chanting is not only about spirituality or religion, rather it’s an unfolding of sound, breath, and rhythm that supports one in concentrating their energy. The mantras make both mental and physical impressions on one’s body.

Chanting the sacred sound of mantra transports us from our addiction and insistent repetition of gazing outwards at the fleeting and bounded senses for happiness. Chanting is actually a gratification that transcends the senses and carries us past the confines of time and space. It unifies our finite nature with the infinite, dissolving us. It ejects us from the stimulus of the material world– where the reverberation is simply Divinity.

 

Enlightenment and Compassion

The chanting of Tibetan Buddhist mantras are considered to evoke enlightenment and are a great support to the seeker of Truth. Hence, they have the power to elevate your vibrational energy frequency to higher levels of power – raising your level of consciousness exponentially. These mantras center largely on compassion, which Tibetan Buddhists believe is one of the most influential forces in existence. They believe compassion for oneself and others is one of the highest offerings you can give to the world.

 

Here are 19 more benefits of chanting mantra:

  1. Increases immunity.
  2. Calms the mind.
  3. Improves concentration and learning.
  4. Helps keep the heart well.
  5. Assists in releasing stress and reducing anxiety.
  6. Diminishes depression.
  7. Improves sleep.
  8. Causes the left and right hemispheres of the brain to harmonize.
  9. Helps oxygenate the brain.
  10. Eases blood pressure.
  11. Supports in synchronizing the chakras.
  12. Encourages the “relaxation” response.
  13. Elevates radiance.
  14. Releases neuroses.
  15. Unlocks intuition.
  16. It’s soothing.
  17. It’s simple: can be done solo, in a group, and/or as a powerful kirtan.
  18. It’s free: all you have to do is show up!
  19. It is empowering.