Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum Acrostic
Only for those who believe
Mantras invoke the embodiment of compassion
Many say it silently to oneself
And others carve it into stone
Never to be translated completely into English
It’s meaning far too vast
Paramitas explained by six syllables
Are meditation, patience, discipline,
Diligence, wisdom, and generosity
Mantras are spiritual conduits
Effective in the form of chants
Happiness can be taught; so behold!
Unto yourself: and hail the jewel in the lotus.
Mantra meanings are not just words.

I was born/raised/confirmed to the beliefs of the Catholic faith but I choose to follow the teachings of Buddha. They speak to me in ways that make me want to be a better person.

The ethics refer to moral purity of thought, word, and deed. Keeping these precepts promotes not only the peace of mind of the cultivator, which is internal, but also peace in the community, which is external.

I really believe that we, as human beings, can reach enlightenment during our lifetime. I want my wisdom and understanding of life to enable my clarity of perception of the world around me.

I got the first part when I was eighteen, then last summer I traveled to South Korea and Japan.  It was a very enlightening trip and it inspired me to get a lotus flower above the mantra.  They are very beautiful.  Anyways, just wanted to share my other tattoos since I got a few questions about the significance of my new skull tattoo.

OhmManiPadmeHum
{image circa October 2005}

What is Om Mani Padme Hum?
“Om” is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity. Purifies pride.
“Ma” helps perfect the practice of pure ethics. Purifies jealousy.
“Ni” helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Purifies desire.
“Pad” helps to achieve perfection of perseverance. Purifies Prejudice.
“Me” helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration. Purifies possessiveness.
“Hum” helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom. Purifies hatred.

 

“If you believe that you are enlightened, you are actually a little bit crazy.”
–Taisen Deshimaru

Confectionery Shop

He used to tell me sweet words that taste good to my ear
Then feed me comfort food he had made that would take away my fear
But the fruit he would use, was ever so sweet
That eventually it started to give my heart a cavity
His dishes were exquisite, skills unmatched
But he would taste other fruit
And I’ll just leave it at that
He was good, yes indeed, true; he had good sweets for days
He was so skilled that he’d pass “too-cooked” dishes as soufflés
Confectionery, so good
You’d come back for another taste
Till he changed the ingredients and I stopped shopping at that place

I saw this article on TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped‘s blog today entitled Theurel and Thomas, a Mexican patisserie.  Anyways, while the macarons pop in vivid colors against the stark white, I think the setting is almost too white.  I’d be afraid to get anything dirty.  It reminds me of a germ-free zone.  I still want to eat them all.

Theurel & Thomas