Definition of Om mani padme hum in US English:

Om mani padme hum

(also Om mani padme hung, Om mane pudme hum, Om mane padme hum)


  • The words of a particular mantra or auspicious formula used in prayer and meditation, especially in Tibetan Buddhism, taking the form of an evocation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Also as interjection Compare "om [interjection]".


Late 18th century. From Sanskrit oṃ maṇipadme hūṃ, evocation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara from oṃ + maṇipadme, lit. ‘oh Maṇipadmā’, also interpreted as ‘oh jewel-lotus’ (after maṇi jewel, gem and padma lotus; compare etymological note and quot. 1848) + hūṃ, sacred syllable used in an invocation.


Om mani padme hum

/ɒm ˌmɑːni padmi ˈhuːm/