Where Buddha’s Teachings Came From

December 13, 2012

in Nepal


This stone is carved with the mantra Om Mani Padme Hung in both the typical Tibetan and also in Newari (Ranjana/Lantsa). Newari is the language of people indigenous to the Kathmandu Valley, and this alphabet was used in both India and Nepal. It is from this alphabet that the Buddha’s teachings were first translated into Tibetan over 1000 years after his death. As a gesture of respect, the first line of Tibetan prayer books is typically written in the Newari script and then they switch to Tibetan. On mani stones as well, we occasionally see the mantra in Newari alphabet for this reason.

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