Mantra Calligraphy
"Om Mani Padme Hum"

Tibetan Buddhism: has a special regard for the "Om Mani Padme Hum" mantra. It is associated with the four-armed form of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan "Chenrezig," Chinese "Guanyin" or "Kwan Yin," the presiding deity of the mantra.The Dalai Lama is regarded as a manifestation of Chenrezig.

In Tibet.and in the Tibetan community in Dharmasala, India, one comes across huge piles of rocks each carved with "Om Mani Padme Hum." Big boulders may be covered with "Om Mani Padme Hum" sometimes in the symbolic six colors:
white, green, yellow, red, blue, and black.

Tibetan prayer wheels are turned day and night, each revolution signifying a repetition of the mantra,written many times on paper concealed within.

Tibetans can be seen with malas (strings of 108 prayer beads, softly reciting the mantra.

In the transliteration of Sanskrit into Tibetan, the "Ni" is written backwards, indicating the higher pitched tone for this syllable in Sanskrit.