This is the eighteenth entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 19.09.2010.
"Every Tibetan person has a small mala and a prayerwheel (when you roll it, you accumulate good karma; the wheel has hundreds of mantras inside of it).
Avalokiteshvara practice is necessary for reaching Buddha-nature and to increase our purity mind. You can recite this mantra wherever you wish (to become a better person).
Avalokiteshvara is one of the most compassionate bodhisattvas. He has compassion for every sentient being in the universe. Chenrezig also helps against fear. If you practice a lot you have less fears.
There is a total number of six realms. Humans are in a better condition than the sentient beings in other realms. If you don't share your food and you are greedy you become a hungry ghost. If you kill other sentient beings you become a hell-being. So we must help other beings, not only ourselves. We must confess our sins and make good deeds."
OM MANI PADME HUNG
*Important side note: These diary entries do not reflect every word the teacher said, and there may be some mistakes or misunderstandings, for which I am sorry and accept responsibility. In a few instances, I have interjected my own interpretation or explanation.