The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Aggressive Rite
Degé Kangyur, vol. 94 (rgyud ’bum, tsha), folios 202.a–217.a
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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.
The Aggressive Rite
“Mañjuśrī, if you wish to perform the aggressive rite you should do so in a charnel ground, by a lone tree, on the bank of a large river, or in a temple. Sprinkle the site with the five substances from a cow, arrange a maṇḍala anointed with fragrant water, set out an image, and so forth. Use neem water to draw an image of the king or other patron on birch bark, cloth, or other kind of bark, put the drawing inside a clay amulet atop the maṇḍala, and set the amulet on the maṇḍala. In addition, arrange incense burners and other offerings. Cultivate the following meditation.
“Visualize the heroine Tārā, the mother rich in swift diligence who appears in the form of a yoginī, emerging from the syllable tāṁ. She springs from a blossoming lotus and sits upon sun and moon disks.61 Her body is green, radiant, and in the prime of youth. She is beautifully adorned with a long necklace, armlets, jewel tassels, and other ornaments. She wears a skirt of Pañcāla cloth and a top made of silk from Kāśī. She is seated with her right leg outstretched and her left leg drawn in, has one face and two hands, and bares her teeth with her eyes ablaze. Her hair streams upward, Amitābha sits on a moon disk above her head, and she is surrounded by apocalyptic fire. [F.211.a] In her right hand she holds a wheel, and with her left she makes the threatening gesture while holding an utpala flower by the stem. Countless wrathful beings, both male and female, radiate from her body. The mantra recitation is:
“oṁ ture tuttāre ture svāhā.
“If you then recite it together with the mantra for the rite either one, seven, twenty-one, or one hundred and eight times, three times a day and three times a night, and make a request, it will be fulfilled.
“Mañjuśrī, the benefits of this are such that afflictions, karma, karmic ripening, rebirth in lower realms, and so on will all be overcome. Mañjuśrī, vicious enemies, māras, obstructers, and other such harmful influences will also all be overcome.”
This was the tenth chapter, “The Aggressive Rite.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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