The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Protective Circle for Pacifying Rites
Degé Kangyur, vol. 94 (rgyud ’bum, tsha), folios 202.a–217.a
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First published 2022
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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 Protective Circle for Pacifying Rites
The Blessed One then smiled and taught Youthful Mañjuśrī the procedures for the circles.
“In a circle with nine compartments, write oṁ and hā with the target’s name in between. Use the words rakṣaḥ rakṣaḥ87 for protection. In the surrounding compartments, write oṁ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā, with svāhā written between each syllable. Written on birch bark with saffron and then fastened to the upper arm, this serves as the best protection.”
This was the eighteenth chapter, “The Protective Circle for Pacifying Rites.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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