Why Basecamp?

As you enter our space, the first thing you see (beyond our flags!) is our mantra:

This is the beginning. This is where it starts. This is the first step that changes everything. Welcome to Basecamp.

We'd like to share with you the meaning of mantra in this space.

In the Buddhist tradition, words, phrases, or even sounds are repeated over and over again until they create an “emptiness”. This is not “emptiness” in the traditional sense where we imagine an experience of nothing, but rather it is experiencing ourselves in the moment - actually an experience of everything.

In the process of repeating a mantra, you become free.

This freedom, or enlightenment, is believed to give us knowledge to prevent suffering.

The Providence Heart Institute is guided by five core values - compassion, justice, stewardship, excellence and respect.

These values remind me of a very traditional mantra that I was first exposed to sixteen years ago when I worked in Nepal.


It's present everywhere, and it is believed that the more you repeat it, the closer to enlightenment you become.

Om is intended to be the sound of the vibration of the universe. It is intended to reduce attachments to ego and establish generosity - and the core value of compassion.

Ma removes the attachment to jealousy and establishes ethics - or the core value of justice.

Ni removes the attachment to desire and establishes patience, a part of our core value of stewardship.

Pad removes the attachment to prejudice and establishes perseverance.

Me removes the attachment to possessiveness and establishes concentration - leading to the core value of excellence.

Hum removes the attachment to hatred and also establishes wisdom, and the core value of respect.

Compassion, justice, stewardship, excellence, and respect.


In the Buddhist tradition, saying these words oppose our own internal forces that cause suffering, and bring us, as individuals, a bit closer to perfection.

"Why Basecamp?"

This is the goal. To reduce suffering, and to bring us, as individuals, a bit closer to the perfection we seek, to become our best, healthiest selves.

This is the beginning. This is where it starts. This is the first step that changes everything.

I hope that you will take it with us.

Welcome to Basecamp.

Thank you to the Sivana East Blog for inspiring this post and sharing beautiful descriptions and definitions of mantra that have been paraphrased here.