The name Chenrezig means "eyes gazing continuously":
Chenrezig continually looks on all beings with the eye of compassion. (Bokar Rinpoche)

Om mani peme hung

Starting out on the Chenrezig Practice

The essence of the Chenrezig practice is simple. Start with the mantra OM MANI PEME HUNG (pronounced ohm mah-nee peh-meh hoong).

How wonderful! You have now spoken Chenrezig's mantra and gathered many blessings.

Now think of a being for whom you feel deep compassion. It could be an animal, a poor person, a rich person, a good person, a bad person, your husband or wife, your mother or father, your child. With compassion filling your heart, say the mantra again:


Now your practice of Chenrezig has deepened immeasurably. Relax and let your compassion embrace all beings: human and nonhuman, friends, enemies, and those who are unknown....


Inconceivably vast blessings permeate the universe. How wonderful!


Keep in your heart the motivation to become enlightened for the benefit of beings. That motivation, called bodhicitta, is literally a form of spiritual energy. At every stage of the path, bodhicitta charges and transforms everything you do.

why practice Chenrezig?

Chenrezig is the expression of the compassion of all Buddhas—including the Buddha that is you. It's important to believe and understand that you (and all beings) are Chenrezig.

So why do we act out anger, pride, depression, desire? That's our karma, our human nature—but our true essence, our true human nature, is Buddha nature: compassion and wisdom.

The practice of Chenrezig offers a meditation to transform our mental problems into compassion and wisdom, thereby uniting with our innate Buddha nature.

what's the Practice about?

On the face of it, the meditation consists of chanting the liturgy and visualizing the form of Chenrezig.

But a lot of these words and concepts are strange! It's true. Like anything worth while, it takes effort and study to learn the meaning of the various parts of the practice.

However, as Bokar Rinpoche says, "Every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely acts for the benefit of others without concern for fame, profit, social position, or recognition, expresses the activity of Chenrezig."

So, even from the first time, you are innately familiar with the practice.

a few things you can do During the Practice

Om Mani Peme Hung!
may all beings attain Enlightenment!