The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
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.
Once these different types of rites had been taught, Youthful Mañjuśrī asked, “How should one earnestly perform the fire pūjā that completes all rites?”
The Blessed One replied, “Mañjuśrī, following these rites, a fire pūjā needs to be performed in order to bring them to fulfillment.
“To perform a fire pūjā for the first of the rites, the pacifying rite, do as follows. On the third day of the lunar month, build a small hut of the corresponding color80 and set out a white vajra. For firewood, use the wood of white sandalwood trees and the like. Light the fire, place an image before it, and incant rice, beautyberry, millet, and white sesame seeds with the following mantra, reciting it either seven or twenty-one times:
“oṁ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā.
“Then throw the grains and seeds into the fire. Incant yogurt and milk with the mantra and offer them while saying śāntiṃ kuru.81 Offer wood from a tree with milky sap, along with white butter, and say sarva-pāpam,82 and then render praise.83
“Mañjuśrī, in a fire hut adorned with white flowers, light a fire of sandalwood or other such fragrant wood, and set an image in front of it. Incant water and white mustard seeds with the mantra, and recite the following mantra while throwing them into the fire:
“sarva-pāpaṃ śāntiṃ kuru svāhā.85
“While chanting these, offer one hundred and eight handfuls of water.
“Mañjuśrī, the benefits of this are such that misdeeds, including the acts with immediate retribution, will be pacified, infectious diseases, harmful spirits, and the like will all be pacified, and you will recall all your past lives in each of your rebirths. [F.214.a]
“Mañjuśrī, anoint the fire hut with the five substances from a cow, and in this odorous hut, burn an effigy made86 of wax while reciting this mantra:
“oṁ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā.
“Once it has been burned, the target will be overpowered or even annihilated.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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