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The final count is in:  3,768,032 mani’s recited during the 2014 Saka Dawa Million Mani Intensive for the long life of the Gyalwang Karmapa, Tai Situ Rinpoche, and Lama Norlha Rinpoche, and the benefit all sentient beings!

 

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Once again we have demonstrated that as a group working together in the dharma, we can transcend all expectations. Many thanks to everyone who participated. According to tradition, each of us receives the full accumulation of vastly multiplied merit earned by the entire group, in addition to dedicating it to our precious teachers and all sentient beings. We’ll do it again next year, if not earlier.

Please keep reciting mani’s—it’s one of the most beneficial things we can do for ourselves, our loved ones, and the world. Use our handy online mani reporting form any time to track your lifetime mani total. When you get to a million, let us know, and we will notify Rinpoche and add your name to the rolls of the KTC Million Mani Club.

Thanks again, everyone!

You are invited to join the KTC Million Mani Club

The KTC Million Mani Club was first launched in December 2012, with the aspiration to increase Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s long life and health and also benefit all sentient beings. The KTC sangha and Dharma friends all over the world joined together to accumulate a million recitations of Chenrezig’s mantra of compassion, OM MANI PEME HUNG. We not only reached our goal—we recited five million mani’s! Rinpoche was very pleased, and said, “Thank you, everyone. Nothing makes me happier than everyone practicing Dharma together with a motivation to help others.” He later told us that this offering definitely had a positive impact on his health and longevity.

Since then we have recited over a million mani’s as a group on several other occasions. Losar, Saka Dawa and sacred days such as Lhabap Duchen are especially auspicious occasions for extra mani’s, since merit is vastly magnified at these times.

We will help you count!

Click here for the Million Mani Club Web Form.

To help everyone keep track of their numbers, KTC sangha member Dean Hill, our mani coordinator, has created a web reporting form specifically for the Million Mani Club. In order to make tracking simple, a confirmation email that includes your total mani accumulation to date as well as a history of your mani submissions will be sent to you each time you record your mani’s.

If you have participated in previous KTC mani intensives via the web form, we still have your current total on record under the email address you used previously, and anything further you report will be added to that.

How to Use the Form

The mani web form tracks totals for a specific email address. If you want to track your total as an individual, you will need to use a personal email address. If a sangha or group is accumulating mani’s, the collective total should be reported using an address for the group.  Once your total reaches a million, please notify our mani coordinator, Dean Hill, at deansmail@gmail.com. Dean will notify KTC and we will tell Rinpoche and add your name to the official rolls of the Million Mani Club.  You are also welcome to email Dean any time you have a question.

Tips for Reciting Mani’s

Formal Meditation

The best and most powerful way to recite mani’s is during formal practice, when your full attention can be clearly focused for a period of time. There are three options for formal Chenrezig practice: full-length, medium, and abbreviated.  We’ve linked to the chantable English versions of the Chenrezig practice, but if you have the Tibetan text, it’s also very auspicious to chant that, as it is said to carry the blessings of all the generations of practitioners who have realized Chenrezig through these words.

The abbreviated practice is the shortest formal way to practice Chenrezig, since it includes refuge-bodhichitta, the short prayer to Chenrezig, the mantra (main practice), and a dedication. The longer versions are recommended when you have time, as they include more visualization details as well as extra prayers for accumulating merit.

Recitation During Ordinary Activities

It’s also possible and very beneficial to recite mani’s as you go about your daily life. It’s easy to recite mani’s while walking, driving, or waiting for something. Mani’s may also be recited during almost any activity—washing dishes, doing household tasks, or during any job or task that doesn’t require one’s full attention. Reciting mani’s while circumambulating a stupa is merit upon merit! Lama Norlha Rinpoche recites mantras throughout the day, including during his many daily circumambulations of the KTC stupa.

Sometimes pracitioners find themselves reciting mani’s in their sleep, especially during dreams. Unfortunately, since we are not able to count reliably in these circumstances, we don’t count those mani’s toward our total. But it’s certainly very auspicious to recite mani’s during sleep!

A note about volume: When alone or with others who enjoy hearing mani’s, it’s fine to recite them out loud. In public or with others who might not be as receptive to mantras, it’s best to recite them silently or in a very low voice (traditionally described as “to the shirt collar”).

How to Count Mantras

Using a mala: It’s traditional to count mantras using a string of 108 prayer beads that is similar to a rosary. Even though there are 108 beads, each round is counted as just 100, to allow for any errors or omissions that may have occurred. A selection of malas is available in the KTC bookstore.

Counting by time: It is also possible to count mantras without a mala. Just determine how long it takes on average for you to recite 100 mantras, and then you can count by the clock. This is a particularly useful method to use during activities that aren’t prayer-bead friendly, such as driving and household chores.

The Mani Habit

The more opportunities we find to recite mani’s throughout the day, the more we get used to reciting mani’s, and soon we may find ourselves reciting them in the back of our minds without even thinking about it, or even continuously. This is an illustration of how we can turn our typically samsaric propensity for forming habits into a positive momentum toward enlightenment. Please take advantage of this opportunity, keep reciting mani’s, and become a member of the KTC Million Mani Club.