Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra and Chants

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Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra and Chants

Siddhartha Guatama , also often referred to as Sakyamuni, was a spiritual teacher upon whose lessons the foundations for were formed.

He is regarded as the Supreme Buddha and is the first individual to be visualized. Despite some confusion from those who do not follow Buddhism, it is important to note that the Buddha was not considered to be a .

He was rather a mere human, like the rest of us, who was able to develop an extraordinary about existence. This perception helped him to rid his of the things that cause us all a level of ; craving, , and delusion.

This, in turn, helped him to attain levels of true and contentment – and remain free from the suffering of sentient beings.

Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra

is a name for the -kaya aspect of the Buddha and is therefore considered by to be synonymous with the historical Buddha. In early texts the Buddha is most often referred to as Bhagavat or “the One”, or as Gautama (Pali Gotama) his clan name.

He refers to himself as or . We refer to him as “the Buddha”. Buddha is the past participle of the verb budh (‘to awaken’) and thus means ‘awakened’.

It is said that the historical Buddha grew up in a life of luxury but after seeing that everyone would grow old, become ill, and die, he abandoned his home and joined a group of ascetics seeking the way beyond death.

Subsequently, he abandoned severe asceticism as well and pursued a middle way between hedonism and asceticism that enabled him to make a decisive breakthrough known as bodhi, , usually translated as . He spent the rest of his life others how they could also awaken.

Seed Syllables


The letter is the source of all the other letters, the source of all .

In the school, the seed-syllable of Sakyamuni is bhah

This comes from the first letter of the most common way of addressing, or referring to, the Buddha with the visarga (ḥ).

The visarga is a common indicator of a bija in early but is eclipsed by anusvara (ṃ) in later traditions.

Bhagavat in Siddhaṃ

Bhagavat in Siddhaṃ

Siddham Mantra

Tibetan Uchen Mantra

Mantra in Devnagari

Lantsa Mantra


mu ni mu ni ma ha mu ni sa kya mu ni

om muni muni mahamuni sakyamuni svaha

Alternative Tibetan Mantra

om muni muni mahamuniye svaha

Meaning of Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra

As with the majority of , there can be several types of meanings associated with the mantra; however, it is possible to come up with several literal English translations so that the true essence of this powerful mantra can be better understood.

  • Om – Some believe that Om does not have an actual conceptual meaning. However, it can typically be reflective of an awareness of the surrounding . It is used at the start of many mantras and can be thought of as opening yourself up to the truth of what is coming next with the recital of the mantra.
  • Muni – This term is often translated to mean sage or wise one.
  • Maha – This term is typically translated to mean great or supreme.
  • Soha – This term is often translated to mean hail or greetings.







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