This audio features Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Padmasambhavamantra.
Padmasambhava ("Born from a Lotus"), also known as Guru Rinpoche, is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the eighth century and helped establish a pure lineage that is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world.
The Vajra Guru Mantra, mantra of Padmasambhava’s holy name, as explained in A Treasure Text revealed by Tulku Karma Lingpa:
“It is the life-essence of the deities of the four classes of tantra, the nine vehicles, the 84,000 aspects of the Dharma, and so on. The heart essence of all the buddhas of the three times, the lamas, deities, dakinis, Dharma protectors, and the like is encompassed by this mantra.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the following way to visualize while chanting the mantra:
“You make request to Padmasambhava and rainfalls of numberless Padmasambhava absorb to yourself and all sentient beings, and you and all sentient beings in the world generate refuge, faith in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and regret negative karma, from there all the realizations up to enlightenment, renunciation, bodhichitta, right view. You can think that when you are chanting…”
Some of the benefits of the mantra explained by Guru Padmasambhava himself in answer to a question from Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal:
“This essential Vajra Guru mantra—if recited with vast bodhicitta aspiration ...—by ngakpas with unbroken samaya, vow-holding monastics, faithful men, women of fine qualities, and the like, however many times—one hundred, one thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand, ten million, one hundred million, etc.—will bring inconceivable benefits and powers.
“Countries everywhere will be protected from all plague, famine, warfare, armed violence, poor harvests, bad omens, and evil spells. Rain will fall on time, harvests and livestock will be excellent, and lands will prosper. In this life, future lives, and on the pathways of the bardo, fortunate practitioners will meet me again and again—at best in actuality, or else in visions, and at the very least in dreams.
See here for more benefits and meaning of the mantra.
Amoghapasha, is a deity connected to
Avalokiteshvara (Tib. Chenrezig), the Buddha of Compassion. There are unbelievable
benefits in just seeing his image and reciting his mantra. (can link to the image here) Recalling this Lotus
Pinnacle of Amoghapasha mantra just once has the power to purify even the five
uninterrupted negative karmas. It prevents rebirth in Avici, the heaviest of
Whoever sees, hears, remembers, or
touches this mantra will be purified of all negativities and gain freedom from
rebirth in the lower realms—from the Ksitigarbha Dasacakra Sutra.
The Lotus Pinnacle of Amoghapasha
mantra is also included in the collection of the Five Powerful Mantras for
Liberating Sentient Beings from the Lower Realms, and the Ten Powerful
Mantras for the Time of Death.
Here is an explanation of the meaning of the mantra by Geshe
1 page, 2020 edition.