In Tibetan Buddhism, contemplation of sacred images like thangka, mandala or mantra, is central to religious ritual. A mandala (literally “circle” in Sanskrit) is a sacred geometric figure that represents the universe. By mentally entering a mandala and proceeding to its center, a person is symbolically guided through the cosmos to the essence of reality. A mantra is a sequence of words or syllables that are chanted, usually repetitively, as part of Buddhist practice. “Om Mani Peme Hung” is the oldest and most well known mantra of Tibetan Buddhism. It is said to contain the essence of the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha and thus, is very praised by all traditions. For Tibetan Buddhists, reciting the mantra is a wish for liberation from the main causes of suffering that are: pride, jealousy, passion, ignorance, possessivity and hate.