The Vairocana Buddha mantra is a little known mantra but it is very popular in Carya and Yoga tantras schools. This mantra is said to invoke the energy and blessings of Vairocana Buddha, the “Buddha of the Cosmos,” who is considered to be the ultimate source of all enlightenment.
The Vairocana Buddha mantra is a gateway to higher consciousness and spiritual awakening, and it is believed to help practitioners purify their minds, overcome obstacles, and attain liberation from suffering.
Who is Vairocana Buddha?
Vairocana Buddha is a central figure in Mahayana Buddhism and is considered to be one of the five Dhyani Buddhas. Vairocana is also known as the “Buddha of the Cosmos” or the “All-encompassing Buddha,” and is seen as the embodiment of the Dharmakaya, the ultimate nature of reality.
In many Buddhist traditions, Vairocana is seen as the central Buddha who embodies the essence of all Buddhas and is the ultimate source of all enlightenment. He is often depicted sitting on a lotus throne, with his hands forming the Dharmachakra mudra, representing the turning of the wheel of the Dharma.
The teachings in the Shingon Tantric tradition are said to have been taught by the Vairocana Buddha, not the historical Shakyamuni Buddha. In the Shingon school, he is considered a personification of the Dharmakaya and is often referred to as the Mahavairocana or Dainichi Nyorai – this name comes from the Mahāvairocana Abhisaṃbodhi Tantra.
In addition, another image in the Garbhadhatu mandala of the Shingon, Vairocana is yellow, has four faces (tetrahedron), hand the dhyana mudra with the golden wheel of Dharma symbol in his hand.
Vairocana Buddha is also associated with the principle of emptiness, which is a key concept in Buddhist philosophy. He is seen as the ultimate expression of the emptiness of all phenomena, including the self, and is regarded as a supreme teacher who helps beings realize their true nature and attain enlightenment.
The meaning and benefits of Vairocana Buddha mantra
Chinese Buddhist monk chanting Vairocana Buddha mantra
As usual, every Buddha or Bodhisattva has a lot of mantras to recite. The same goes for the mantra of Vairocana Tathagata, the first person in the universe to attain full enlightenment. There must be a being who first attains awakening, and Vairocana is the name tantric practitioners give to one who has achieved this.
When the Buddhist sage Nagarjuna, who is considered another Buddha after Shakyamuni Buddha, first developed the esoteric school in India, its teachings consisted mainly of deities. Special mantras help practitioners quickly transform the body, aid in the “activation” of kundalini (the basic energy believed to run along the spine) and body-mind purification.
The Vairocana Buddha mantra is especially powerful in bringing about a transformation and purification of the four great elements of the physical body, and transforming the four elements into a solid foundation for cultivation.
In fact, the entire process of purification of the five aggregates (skandhas) involves a constant transformation of chi channels in the cleansing of impurities. Chi is associated with consciousness, so you must remove impurities from the body’s airflow so that you can create a calm and clear state of mind.
Vairocana Buddha mantra short version:
Ohm Ahh Be Lah Hung Kha
Oṃ Vairocana Hūṃ
A Vi Ra Hūṃ Kha
- The syllable “Ahh” in this mantra represents and acts on the earth element in the human body
- The syllable “Bee” represents and transforms the water element
- The syllable “Lah” represents and transforms the body’s fire element
- The syllable “Hung” represents the wind element
- And the syllable “Kha” represents emptiness.
When you practice this mantra, you are working to transform all the great elements of the human body, including chi (prana – the life force that is ubiquitous in the universe), the energy meridian (nadi or mai), bright spot, chakra, kundalini or samadhi fire.
The usual sequence of cultivation is to transform the wind element of the physical body, then the water element, then the fire element, and finally the earth element. The progression sequence requires more than a decade to complete, but the initial stages are greatly shortened through the use of this mantra.
Tantra is an esoteric method used to speed up the process of mind-body purification. What is Tantra? It is to use techniques of focusing on imagery, breath, and mantras on the chakras and chi channels to kick-start this process.
Vairocana Buddha mantra long version:
In addition, another mantra related to Vairocana Tathagata is called “Light Mantra” or in Japanese called “kōmyō shingon”.
Om Namo Bhagavate Sarvate Gate, Varsuddhani Rajaya, Ta Tha Ga Ta Ya Arahate Sam Yak Sam Buddhaya, Ta Dya Tha Om Sodhani Sodhani Sarva Papam, Vishodani Suddhe Visuddhe, Sarwa Karma Avarana Visudhani Ya Soha
When chanting Vairocana Buddha mantra or other mantras, you should seek to put an end to the common mental states that Tantra calls the “sixth mental bondage” to peace and quiet of concentration (samadhi).
In most forms of mantra practice, you try to take on the inner dialogue of your mind and tie it to the mantra so that you get rid of all other miscellaneous thoughts.
When you successfully connect the sixth consciousness to a single object of focus, then you can come to mental quietness and reflect on the problems you are facing through the lens of that stillness. So, by chanting the mantra of the Vairocana Buddha and listening within, you use your wordless lucid wisdom to observe the tranquil state you create, you can quickly realize your true self and the true nature of this life.