The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Mother of the Jewel Family
Degé Kangyur, vol. 94 (rgyud ’bum, tsha), folios 202.a–217.a
Translated by Samye Translations
under the patronage and supervision of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha
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In this scripture of the Action Tantra genre, the Buddha gives instructions to the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī on the rituals and mantras associated with the goddess Tārā. The tantra includes a description of Tārā, a nine-deity maṇḍala and related initiations, and a litany of ritual practices associated with the four activities.
Translated by Samye Translations under the guidance of Phakchok Rinpoche. The translation was produced by Laura Dainty with the assistance of Khenpo Tsöndrü Sangpo. Oriane Lavolé checked the translation against the Tibetan and edited it. Paul Thomas checked all the mantras and their variants. Stefan Mang and Oriane Lavolé wrote the introduction.
The translation was completed under the patronage and supervision of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha.
“Mañjuśrī, the mother of the jewel family has four faces and eight hands. Her main face is dark blue, as is her youthful body. Her right face is white, her left face is red, and her rear face is yellow. Each is marked on its crown with the four families and has three eyes. In her right hands she holds a jewel, an arrow, and a spear, while the lowermost hand is in the boon-granting gesture. In her left hands she holds an utpala flower, a bow, and a vajra hook, and she wields a lasso while making the threatening gesture. She sits in the vajra posture and is of dharmakāya nature. [F.213.a]
“namo ratna-trayāya | nama ārya-jñāna-sāgarāya ratnasambhava72-vyūha-rājāya | tathāgatāya | arhate samyak-sambuddhāya | nama āryāvalokiteśvarāya | bodhisattvāya | mahāsattvāya | mahā-kāruṇikāya | tadyathā | oṁ tāre tāre tuttāre ture svāhā.73
“With that, the entire jewel family make offerings of flowers, incense, lamps, and scented water.
“oṁ amukābhidhānam ākarṣaya ākarṣaya | amukīm mamepsitaṃ svapnaṃ kathaya hūṁ hrīḥ.75
“If you then hide it under the bed, you will gain knowledge of good qualities and become steadfast.”
This was the fifteenth chapter, “The Mother of the Jewel Family.”
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