Mani stone

Mani stones in Ladakh, India.

Mani stones are stone plates, rocks and/or pebbles, inscribed with the six syllabled mantra of Avalokiteshvara[1] (Om mani padme hum, hence the name "Mani stone"), as a form of prayer in Tibetan Buddhism. The term Mani stone may also be used in a loose sense to refer to stones on which any mantra or devotional designs (such as ashtamangala) are inscribed. Mani stones are intentionally placed along the roadsides and rivers[1] or placed together to form mounds[1] or cairns[2] or sometimes long walls, as an offering to spirits of place or genius loci. Creating and carving mani stones as devotional or intentional process art is a traditional sadhana of piety to yidam. Mani stones are a form of devotional cintamani.

Mani wall in Zanskar.

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Mani walls

Along the paths of regions under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism the traveller is often confronted with Mani walls.[3] These stone structures are a compilation intricately carved stone tablets, most with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum"[3] which loosely translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus".[4] These walls should be passed or circumvented from the left side, the clockwise direction in which the earth and the universe revolve, according to Buddhist doctrine.

They are sometimes close to a temple or chorten, sometimes completely isolated and range from a few metres to a kilometre long and one to two metres high. They are built of rubble and sand and faced with mani stones engraved in the elegant Tibetan script.[5]

ManiStone.jpg

See also

  • Om mani padme hum
  • Stele of Sulaiman, 1348 stele with Om mani padme hum inscribed in six scripts
  • Yongning Temple Stele, 1413 stele with Om mani padme hum inscribed in four scripts

References

  1. ^ a b c Mani Stone
  2. ^ Mani stone at the British Museum
  3. ^ a b Tibet Trip
  4. ^ Dharma-Haven
  5. ^ Rizvi, Janet. 1998. Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia. Oxford University Press. 1st edition 1963. 2nd revised edition 1996. Oxford India Paperbacks 1998. 3rd impression 2001. pg. 205. ISBN 019 564546 4

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