The Power of Mantra
"As another antidote, it is said that the mere recollection of the mantra of Chenrezig can bring about enlightenment. The six syllables of the Mani correspond to Chenrezig's accomplishment of the six transcendent perfections and are manifestations of them. By hearing the mantra, beings are liberated from samsara; by thinking of the mantra, they accomplish these perfections. The benefit of the Mani is so vast that if the earth could be used for paper, the trees as pens and the oceans as ink, and if the Buddhas themselves were to discourse upon it, there would be no end the desciption of it's qualities."
His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - excerpt taken from the book 'Enlightened Courage'.

The following are wordworks in progess....thanks for your understanding...
Here's a story-In 1977- living in Amherst, Massachusetts, while taking classes in Sculpture and Far Eastern Art at the University of Massachusetts
I was wandering the stacks in the tall library there = the Buddhist section (extensive) opened a book and voila! Om Mani Padme Hum leaped from a page and merged into my mind. Without any formal Buddhist training yet I intuitively began to intone it. I enjoyed nature hikes and would meditate in the beautiful Berkshire forests nearby, usually by a stream and repeat Om Mani Padme Hum in my mind.
The stream resonated Om Mani Padme Hum. The sky resonated Om Mani Padme Hum. The trees, grasses and meadows resonated Om Mani Padme Hum. Spaciousness helped release me from conditioning and freed my mind into spontaneous prescence.
Fast forward to the early 1980's-now living in Santa Cruz, California - Om Mani Padme Hum came along within the mind continuum. Loved to meditate in the Redwoods-went to a place where a friend worked then called Greenwood Lodge that was located on the edge of the Nicene Marx State Park. Often would meditate in a meadow there and by Bates Creek. Made wish that Greenwood Lodge would some day become Dharma center. One late afternoon unser an oak tree I fell asleep (not a habit) and had dream-saw Tibetan Lamas walking on rainbows through the redwood treetops. When I woke up there were over a dozen bright green tropical parrots in the oak next to me.
They took flight and flew around my head before heading back to where they came from. (Have never seen a flock tropical parrots in Santa Cruz or anywhere nearby since-(except the parrots of San Francisco -70 miles away-wonder if it was them.)
Began actually working at Greenwood Lodge in May 1982-nice job for young upcoming artist-work 5 months then collect unemployment for 7 months-pretty good for my financial situation back then. In Fall of 1982 I found out that Greenwood Lodge had been sold to a Tibetan Buddhist Lama named Lama Yeshe. The earth beneath my feet had become a Dharma center. '''To be continued'''...