Words Have Power: Mani Stones

“Om mani padme hum.” This is the Buddhist mantra of Avalokitesvara, or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion. Roughly translated, it means “Hail to the jewel in the lotus” (or “Behold! The jewel in the lotus!” or “The jewel is in the lotus”), a metaphysical, transcendental mantra said to encompass all of Buddha’s teachings. In truth, …

The Cintamani Stone

The Cintamani Stone

The Cintamani Stone (or Chintamani Stone) is a legendary artifact of Buddhist and Hindu mythology, a “wish-fulfilling” gem of extraordinary power. According to Buddhist legend, it fell from the stars and landed in Tibet, where the ancient Buddhists revered it as a spiritual jewel. However, its power was considered so great, and so potentially disastrous, …

Quite Possibly The Strangest (And Best) Amazon Product Review Ever Written

I’ve had this bookmarked since around October: Elope Wheres Waldo Adult Costume Kit Don’t ask me why I was looking at a Where’s Waldo Halloween costume to begin with, though. I honestly don’t remember, and that’s a mystery even I can’t solve. But you know what? It was serendipity, because in the process I stumbled …