The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Mother of the Lotus 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 Lotus Family
“Mañjuśrī, the mother of the lotus family has four faces and eight hands. Her main face is red like a bandhūka flower, as is her youthful body. Her right face is white, her left face black, and her rear face yellow. Each is marked on its crown with the four families and has three eyes. In her right hands she holds a lotus, 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.
“namo ratna-trayāya | nama ārya-jñāna-sāgarāya | amitābha-deva-vyūha-rājāya | tathāgatāya | arhate samyak-sambuddhāya | nama āryāvalokiteśvarāya | bodhisattvāya | mahāsattvāya | mahā-kāruṇikāya | tadyathā | oṁ tuttāre ture svāhā.68
“With that, the entire lotus family makes offerings of flowers, incense, lamps, scented water, and foods.
“Mañjuśrī, her rite is as follows. Grind datura, neem, and aśoka flowers, use honey to make the powder into an ointment with honey, and then recite this mantra:
“oṁ amukābhidhānāṃ kumārīm mahyam udvāhena tasyaḥ pitā prayacchatu hūṁ hrīḥ.69
“If you then apply the ointment to your body, the target will be helplessly drawn to you.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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