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Desire for Enlightenment and the Feminine in Early Buddhist Myth

Om Mani Padme Hum – Hail, the Jewel in the Lotus

Solomon’s Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible has a rich, sensuous and erotic imagery that has been the subject of various allegorical interpretations, chiefly as relating to God’s love for Israel, or Christ’s love for the Church.

In fact, the poem is what it seems – an unashamed celebration of the feminine: erotic sexual love, both human and divine, rooted in the fertility religions of the ancient Near East, the sacred marriage rite. Janie “Oquawka” Rezner’s article: The Journey of the Soul into the Mother, in the Spring 2009 issue of this journal, looks at the dismissive comments made by the Dalai Lama on sexual love and reminded me of parallels in Buddhist religious doctrine and interpretation.

The mantra: Om mani padme hum, is regarded as one of the most important in Buddhism. Volumes have been written by monks and religious leaders throughout the centuries about it, without ever revealing the true meaning of the mantra.

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