The Six Mantras

The Six Mantras are ways to express love and compassion. They can be very effective in transforming suffering and producing happiness in a relationship with a loved one, a friend, or a colleague. Children can practice them too. You may start by first practicing the Six Mantras with yourself, because you can only love and understand another when you have practiced love and understanding for yourself.

            A mantra is a magic formula. Every time you pronounce a mantra you can transform the situation right away; you don’t have to wait. Learn it so you can recite it when the time is appropriate. What makes the mantra effective is your mindfulness and concentration. If you aren’t mindful and concentrated when you recite the mantra, it won’t work. We are all capable of being mindful and concentrated. 




I am here for you.

This mantra is a practice, not a declaration. To love someone means to be there for that person. But first you have to be there for yourself. The practice is to produce your true presence.

I know you are there, and it makes me very happy.

This mantra is to acknowledge the presence of the person you love and to say that you are very happy that he or she is still alive and available to you. Everyone wants to be embraced by the mindful attention of the one they love. This mantra will make the other person happy right away.

I know you suffer, and that is why I am here for you.

This mantra is for you to practice when you see that the other person suffers. If you are a lover, you need to know what is happening to the person you love. If you are there for that person, you will notice when he or she suffers.

I suffer. Please help.

This mantra is for you to practice when you yourself suffer, and you believe the other person has caused your suffering. Go to that person with mindfulness and concentration and say the mantra. It may be a little bit difficult because you feel hurt. It takes a little training, but you can do it.

This is a happy moment.

The fifth mantra is for us to remember how lucky we are that we have so many conditions of happiness available in the here and the now.

You are partly right.

This mantra is to remind us that as human beings we have both positive and negative traits. Our head shouldn’t be turned by praise, nor should we despair when we’re criticized.


Hanh, Thich Nhat (2014-12-02). No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering (p. 84). Parallax Press.

Chris Charles Lee Nguyen,
Jan 10, 2017, 6:23 AM