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聖者觀音心要及六字明咒功德利益
(來源:福德海第三十二期一九九六年十二月十五日

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創古仁波切講授

 總言至聖大悲觀音,乃一切諸佛大悲心之本性,故持誦六字明咒,可增長慈愛與悲憫,平息忿怒與嫉妒。依於彼,可獲至內心安樂,增長功德智慧。此外,聖者觀音之千手千眼,乃賢劫千佛之總攝,故依於六字明咒,可趣入千佛之加持:自己持誦可自獲加持而外,不但聞聲之眾生可獲加持,看見六字明咒者可獲加持;佩戴六字明咒之咒幔項鍊者,亦可獲加持免於障難;而服用修持六字明咒之〝瑪尼〞小藥丸,亦可獲加持,平息疾病魔陴。上述等等乃六字明咒之一般功德利益;至於種子字之各別功德利益,列於下表,請詳閱:
 
六字明咒個別字母
息六煩惱 我慢 嫉妒 貪欲 愚痴 慳吝 瞋恨
解脫六道 天道 阿修羅道 人道 畜生道 餓鬼道 地獄道
生六智慧 平等性智 成所作智 五智 法界體性智 妙觀察智 大圓鏡智
屬六佛部 寶生佛 不空成就佛 金剛持 毗盧遮那佛 阿彌陀佛 不動佛
往生六淨土 具德淨土 事業圓滿淨土 法身淨土 奧明淨土 極樂淨土 喜悅淨土
成就六事業 殊勝(不共)

 如上所述,六字明咒之功德利益非常殊勝,舉凡意誦,金剛唱誦等,任一皆可。若能持誦千萬、億萬,唸誦六字明咒的聲音不但可自聽聞,他人亦可聽閒,故精進於觀音修持唸誦法,極為重要。



OM MANI PADME HUM
(from the Tibetan Government in Exile's Official Web Site)
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, Om is composed of three letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

Can impure body, speech, and mind be transformed into pure body, speech, and mind, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases of beings who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving the impure states arid their being transformed into the pure.

How is this done? The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method-the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love. Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of cyclic existence and of solitary peace. Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.

The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-contradiction whereas there would be contradiction if you did not have wisdom. There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing that persons are empty, of being self-sufficient or substantially existent, wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality-that is to say, of difference of entity between subject an object-and wisdom that realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are many different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom realizing emptiness.

Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of method and wisdom refers to wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom. In the mantra, or tantric, vehicle, it refers to one consciousness in which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five Conqueror Buddhas, hum is the seed syllable of Akshobhya - the immovable, the unfluctuating, that which cannot be disturbed by anything.

Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. It is said that you should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the achievement of Buddhahood are within. As Maitreya says in his Sublime Continuum of the Great Vehicle (Uttaratantra), all beings naturally have the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (Tathagatagarbha), that is to be transformed and fully developed into Buddhahood.
 
 



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