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Sunday Blog: Om Mani Padme Hum

This summer, I traveled to Ladakh and was struck by the omnipresence of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Flags bearing its syllables were everywhere. The saying is carved into prayer wheels, bricks, and rocks. Its beat infuses everything. I found myself chanting it as I walked down from the Thiksey Monastery to the inn where I was staying.