The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Mother of the Vajra Family
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 Mother of the Vajra Family
Mañjuśrī again asked the Blessed One, “How is the mother who gives birth to all buddhas also the mother who is the essential identity of the five families?”
The Blessed One explained, “Mañjuśrī, the mother of the vajra family has four faces and eight hands, is the color of a conch, and is in the prime of youth. Her four faces are white, black, red, and yellow. Her head is marked by the five families, and she has three eyes. Her four right hands hold a vajra, an arrow, and a short spear,64 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.
“namo ratna-trayāya | nama ārya-jñāna-sāgarāya | akṣobhya-vyūha-rājāya | tathāgatāya | arhate samyak-sambuddhāya | nama āryāvalokiteśvarāya | bodhisattvāya | mahāsattvāya | mahā-kāruṇikāya | tadyathā | oṁ tāre ture tuttāre svāhā.65 [F.212.a]
“With this, the entire vajra family makes offerings of flowers, lamps, scented water, and fine foods.
“Mañjuśrī, her rite is as follows. Mold a wax effigy of whoever is the target, and insert into the effigy’s heart the expelling substances—the flesh of a crow and owl66—together with the name, and then recite this mantra:
“oṁ amukam me vaśam ānaya svāhā.67
“If you recite this and then hide the effigy in the northwest, Mañjuśrī, the target will meet with conflict and division and flee elsewhere.”
This was the twelfth chapter, “The Mother of the Vajra Family.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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