The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Protective Circle for Enthralling Rites
Degé Kangyur, vol. 94 (rgyud ’bum, tsha), folios 202.a–217.a
Translated by Samye Translations
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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 Enthralling Rites
“For protection during enthralling rites, write oṁ and hā, with the target’s name in between, within a nine-compartment circle. Use the words rakṣaḥ rakṣaḥ for protection. In the surrounding compartments, write tāre tuttāre ture svāhā,88 with the syllable mu between each of those syllables. Write this on red birch bark with lac dye and fasten it to the navel so that it cannot be seen. This will be the best protection and will enthrall.”
This was the nineteenth chapter, “The Protective Circle for Enthralling Rites.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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