Prayer: Avalokiteshwara

Avalokiteshwara is a bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who is revered as a compassionate and caring being who is able to hear the cries of the world and offer help and guidance to those in need. There are a number of different prayers and mantras associated with Avalokiteshwara, and the specific prayer or mantra that is used may vary depending on the individual and their tradition.

One common prayer to Avalokiteshwara is the “Om Mani Padme Hum,” which is believed to contain the essence of the bodhisattva’s teachings and to be a powerful tool for cultivating compassion and achieving enlightenment. Another common prayer to Avalokiteshwara is the “Heart Sutra,” which is a short but profound text that is recited by many Buddhists as a way of expressing their devotion to the bodhisattva and seeking his guidance and protection.

Regardless of the specific prayer or mantra used, the act of praying to Avalokiteshwara is often seen as a way of opening oneself up to the bodhisattva’s compassionate and caring nature and seeking his assistance in times of difficulty or suffering.


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