"Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion" (Dharma Haven.org).
Yesterday I had the opportunity to join Buddhist Monks from Tibet in a small town called Grass Valley. Sierra Friends of Tibet are hosting them for two weeks, with several events including the building of a sand mandala. I was able to attend a compassion empowerment and blessing by these Buddhist Monks. I was so grateful to be in the presence of such peaceful beings. I thought about the oppression and struggles that Tibet has been through, and was so moved by the peace that is still within these amazing people. The Master Monk spoke of compassion and how it was our duty after receiving this blessing to send out compassion to all beings. I thought about this for most of the evening after and this morning. Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. in America and how this day is really about compassion. Even when we are oppressed or attacked there is still a way to find compassion for all beings. I think about the people who have paved the way before us like Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and so many more. They have stood for justice, but with so much compassion in their hearts.
What if we offered compassion to all beings? What would that world look like? I can only offer compassion from myself and all other beings and hope that the compassion spreads. There is too much anger and pain in this world and we need more compassion. To love each other and offer compassion from our hearts to our fellow human beings. It is a tough practice but I will do the best that I can each day to offer compassion to all beings. Namaste :)