This is a beautiful plaque featuring the Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava surrounded by his mantra and prayer, with bowls of offerings printed on the high-quality ceramic supported on a wooden base. The Precious Guru is depicted standing on a lotus, holding a vajra of compassionate love in his right hand and the yogi’s skull-bowl of clear wisdom in his left. He has the trident-staff (Khatvanga) of a wandering Yogi and is framed by a ring of fire to burn away darkness and evil.
Padmasambhava 蓮花生大士 whose name means “born of the lotus” was an 8th-century master of Buddhist tantra who is credited with bringing Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan, and neighboring countries. In those lands, he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (literally “Precious Guru”) where followers of the Nyingma school which he founded, regard him as the second Buddha. Revered today as one of the great patriarchs of Tibetan Buddhism, he is depicted as the embodiment of the Dharmakaya in Tibetan iconography. Guru Rinpoche has the power to overcome all difficulties and dispel the negative afflictions in your life. As a devotional practice, Guru Rinpoche is considered to over-come inner and outer obstacles and therefore furthers one’s spiritual progress inwardly and one’s outer activity.
Besides a great history teacher, Padmasambhava was a renowned sage, scholar, a meditator with supernatural powers, and his Mantra suggests his rich and diverse nature.
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
OM AH HUM is individual Sanskrit seed syllables. Used together in a chant, it is a powerful Tibetan Buddhist Mantra of Blessing which frequently precedes the recitation of other mantras. They’re associated with body, speech, and mind respectively implying the symbolism of trinity and representing the perfect state of being. Hence this mantra is said to purify bad karma unwittingly brought on by negative actions, speech and thoughts. The above mantra serves as a salutation of the qualities that Padmasambhava represents within all of our hearts, minds, and bodies.
VAJRA means thunderbolt or diamond, and represents the energy of the enlightened mind. The diamond is an indestructible object, while the thunderbolt is an unstoppable force, thus the implication is that the diamond/thunderbolt can cut through anything. The Vajra also stands for compassion.
GURU, of course, means a wise teacher. It also means means ‘heavy,’ or ‘weighty,’ in the sense of “full of knowledge or wisdom”.
PADMA means lotus, calling to mind the purity of the enlightened mind, because the lotus flower, although growing in muddy water, is completely stainless. In the same way, the enlightened mind is surrounded by the greed, hatred, and delusion that is found in the world, and yet remains untouched by it. The lotus, therefore, represents wisdom.
SIDDHI means accomplishment or supernatural powers, suggesting the way in which those who are enlightened can act wisely, but in ways that we can’t necessarily understand.
The last syllabus, HUM, means inseparability; symbolizing purity & can be achieved by the unity of method and wisdom.
Invite the Guru Padmasambhava into your home or place of work by displaying this plaque on a table or hanging it on a wall. The Guru Rinpoche Plaque will not only ensure that your home is fully protected from all sorts of harm but also brings blessings of happiness, good fortune, and success. Chant the mantra of Guru Rinpoche to dissipate the negative affliction in your life and transform all difficulties into opportunities for growth and learning.