OM NAMO BHAGAVATE
VAJRA SARVA PARAMADANA
TATHAGATAYA ARHATE SAMYAKSAMBUDDHAYA
OM VAJRE VAJRE
MAHA TEJA VAJRE
MAHA VIDYA VAJRE
MAHA BODHICITTA VAJRE
MAHA BODHI MANDO PASAM KRAMANA VAJRE SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHODHANA VAJRE SWAHA
(chanted by Lama Zopa Rinpoche)
Salutations and homage to the perfectly accomplished pramordial Buddha who crushes ignorance with the vajra essence.
It is thus:
Praise to the one who is the vajra,
is the great vajra,
is the splendorous vajra,
is the vajra of great knowledge,
the vajra of the great awakening mind, the essence of great bodhicitta and
the vajra of removing the veils of ignorance and purifying all actions.
This mantra is not only for blessing, it also has the power to multiply the offerings. There are numberless buddhas and by reciting this mantra each buddha receives skies of offerings. That’s why it’s called the Mantra of the Clouds of Offerings. The mantra has two functions: blessing and increasing.
There are eight benefits of reciting this mantra explained in the Buddha’s teachings, the Kangyur:
FIRST, the minute you remember this mantra, you gain the benefit of having made offering to all the Buddhas abiding in the ten directions, equaling the number of the atoms of the sand grains of the Pacific Ocean.
SECOND, you get the benefit of having prostrated to the holy feet of all those Buddhas.
THIRD, you receive the benefit of having made offering of flowers, incense, garlands of flowers, ornaments, ointments, Dharma robes, umbrellas, banners, flags, animals, sitting cloths, divine dress, food, various ornaments and so forth to all the Buddhas abiding in the ten directions (as above).
FOURTH, you are freed from all negative karmas.
FIFTH, you gain all the merits.
SIXTH, you will see all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and they will “give you breath”.
SEVENTH, you will be protected by nagas, devas, nöjin, smell-eaters, asuras, garudas, myemchi, dorje chenpo, Vajrapani the Owner of the Secrecy, and the Four Guardians. They will always follow you perfectly, protect you and guide you. If others try to inflict harm, they will hide you from that.
EIGHTH, when you die, your consciousness will transfer from this world to Amitabha Buddha’s pure land, the Blissful Realm.
NINE, you get these special qualities without need for special preparation and practice, just by reciting the Clouds of Offerings mantra, whether you have made one light offering or one hundred light offerings.
You receive all these qualities and benefits just by remembering this mantra once, without any need to do retreat.
Buddha has explained in the Kangyur:
“Those who do not memorize and recite this mantra, are extreme fools.”
Why? They have no opportunity to get the extensive benefit of the mantra.