These Sacred Valleys have been specifically honored and enhanced for hundreds of years in order to Save, Protect and Purify the Earth
Countless monks, monasteries have worked to protect this Sacred Valley for many centuries. In the Buddhist tradition, a Beyul is a special place of refuge, that has great significance for the preservation of Planet Earth.
In the Beyul you will find:
-Untold millions of carvings on rock, of the Buddhist chant Om Mani Padme Hum, which remind us all to continue to spread compassion
- Millions of Om Mani Padme Hum prayer flags. The significance is that as the wind blows these prayers are carried by the wind to bless humanity
-Stupas. These stone monuments contain relics of Buddhist Masters who devoted their lives to being the embodiment of compassion and teachings of compassion. The Stupas radiate this loving energy out to the world.
How you can help to Increase Peace on Earth while in the Beyul
Developing an open compassionate heart is the best way to contribute to the Beyul. To aid this, we can chant the well-known chant "Om Mani Padme Hum". This chant is considered magnificently powerful in inducing an internal space of harmony and peace.
Meaning of the chant “Om mani padme hum”
There are many commentaries on this chant, which reveal that it has multiple deep meanings to ardent students and teachers.
When it is repeated over and over again it invokes the loving and unconditional qualities of compassion.
By reciting this chant, we help eliminate all the oppression of suffering for all sentient beings and bestow upon them all temporary and ultimate benefit.
The source for the following information is from Wikipedia:
According to Trijang Rinpoche
The tutor to the present Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche (1901-1981) wrote a commentary on the mantra which states:
Regarding mani padme, "Jewel Lotus" or "Lotus Jewel" is one of the names of the noble Avalokitesvara. The reason that he is called by that is that, just as a lotus is not soiled by mud, so the noble Avalokitesvara himself has, through his great wisdom, abandoned the root of samsara, all the stains of the conception of true existence together with its latencies. Therefore, to symbolize that he does not abide in the extreme of mundane existence, he holds a white lotus in his hand...He joins the palms of his two upper hands, making the gesture of holding a jewel to symbolize that, like a wish-granting jewel, he eliminates all the oppression of suffering for all sentient beings and bestows upon them all temporary and ultimate benefit and bliss.
According to the 14th 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 symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha"
"The path of the middle way is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love."
"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom"
"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility"
"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."
—H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, "On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM"
According Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
"The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pä, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
"So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?"
—Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones[