OM AH HUM Meditation
by Lama Thubten
When you meditate, don’t squeeze yourself. Just sit
comfortably and let your breath energy flow naturally; be just
as you are. Don’t think, “I’m a meditator”; don’t think, “I’m
humble”; don’t think, “I’m an egotist.” Don’t think anything;
Purification of body
Place your hands in whatever position is comfortable for
you and close your eyes. Visualize a white OM at the center of
your brain, a red AH at your throat and a blue HUM at your
heart. These letters are made of radiant light. If you can’t
visualize these letters in Tibetan or Sanskrit, you can
visualize them in English or any other language.
Concentrate on the white OM in your brain. Recognize that
this white OM is the pure energy of the divine body of the
buddhas and bodhisattvas.
Make the sound “OM” and visualize that radiant white light
emanates from the syllable, goes down your central psychic
channel and fills your whole body with blissful, radiant white
light energy. All conceptions and impure energy of body are
cleansed and purified.
It is important to visualize that your entire body, from
head to toe, is completely full of blissful, radiant white
light energy. Feel that. Continue making the sound
“OM” for two or three minutes while you are meditating and
purifying your body.
When you stop making the sound, don’t do or think anything.
Remain perfectly still, fully aware, unconcerned with good or
bad, not reacting, free of any internal conversation, with all
your attention on the light consciousness at the center of
your brain. Be there. Be intensely aware and let go,
without sluggishness, without distraction, without
Intensive awareness leads to the experience of zero, or
egolessness; emptiness; nothing. Comprehend this intense
awareness and let go.
Purification of speech
Concentrate on the red AH at your throat chakra, like the
sun at sunset. Recognize that this red AH is the pure speech
of the buddhas and bodhisattvas.
Make the sound “AH” for two or three minutes and visualize
that radiant red light emanates from the syllable, goes down
your central psychic channel and fills your whole body with
blissful, radiant red light energy. All conceptions and impure
energy of speech are cleansed and purified.
Again, when you finish the recitation, just be, without any
expectation or interpretation, in a state of intense awareness
of your own consciousness.
Understand your experience of the non-dual, of the
non-self-existent I, of nothingness, zero, empty space as
truth; as reality. This increases your energy for strong
comprehension of reality. This experience is much more real
than your waking, fantasy sense world.
When uncontrolled, distracting thoughts come during
meditation, realize that not only you but also all other
sentient beings are in the same situation of not being able to
control the mind. On this basis, cultivate equilibrium and
loving kindness for all others. Thus, your uncontrolled,
distracted mind becomes a resource for the development of
loving kindness. When it arises, direct that intense awareness
of loving kindness towards your consciousness.
Hence, there are two ways you can meditate here. Either
place intense awareness on your own consciousness or, when
distractions arise, direct intense awareness of loving
kindness on your own consciousness. Alternate these two.
Then, your loving kindness manifests in your central
channel at your heart as a full moon disk.
Purification of mind
At your heart, on the moon disk, stands a radiant blue HUM.
Recognize that this blue HUM is the non-dual wisdom of all the
buddhas and bodhisattvas. Your heart is pure, cool and calm,
opened by the radiant light of the moon and the HUM. Infinite
blue light radiates from the HUM. All narrow thoughts
disappear; all indecisive minds disappear; all obsessed minds
The radiant blue light from the moon and the HUM fills your
whole body. Your whole body feels blissful. Filled with light,
there is no room for fanatical, dualistic concepts. At the
same time, make the sound “HUM” for two or three minutes. Then
feel infinite blue light, like your consciousness, embrace the
entire universal reality. Your intensive awareness embraces
all of universal reality. Feel and be,
without expectation or superstition.
There are two essential experiences that we can achieve
through this meditation: wisdom and method. The wisdom
experience is intensive awareness of your own consciousness.
The method experience comes when you get distracted and use
that lack of control as a resource to re-generate loving
kindness. Then, when you are again free of distraction, remain
in the experience of wisdom. In summary, when your
concentration is good, place your attention on wisdom; when
you are distracted, generate loving kindness.
Recitation of the OM AH HUM mantra is very useful. Since
you are often too busy to recite long mantras, you can recite
this short one, which represents all other mantras. In
particular, when you say “OM,” intensive awareness is
energized and your consciousness awakens within you.
The purpose of meditation is to awaken us from the deep
sleep of ignorance—to awaken us to universal reality, not to
our usual fanatic reality. Mantra touches a wider reality;
that’s why it’s useful.