I’ve joined the Million Mani Club. Well, technically not yet. I haven’t recited a million Manis yet. But I’m in process of doing so.
Just what exactly is this club? I’m so glad you asked. From the Kagyu Thubten Chöling website:
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.
Technically I started this journey almost a year ago, though I’m now recommitted to achieving this goal. Will you join me? See the links above to participate.
If you want to learn more about the mantra, there’s a great article here that explains it some.