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.
The bodhisattva Youthful Mañjuśrī then asked the Blessed One, “Blessed One, how should I meditate? How should I assiduously practice this?”
“Mañjuśrī,” replied the Blessed One, “apply your mind as follows. Mañjuśrī, you should meditate on the fact that all phenomena are unborn, all phenomena are unceasing, all phenomena are undefiled, and all phenomena are nirvāṇa and naturally pure.
“oṁ svabhāvaśuddhāḥ sarvadharmāḥ svabhāvaśuddho ’ham.”11
The Blessed One continued, “Cultivate loving kindness while reflecting on those who are born from the womb, from eggs, and from heat and moisture, and those born miraculously. Generate great compassion focusing on birth, aging, illness, and death. Cultivate joy and equanimity in emptiness, signlessness, wishlessness, and the naturally unconditioned. Mañjuśrī, the four immeasurables thus are the cause that produces bodhicitta, so take this earnestly to heart.
“oṁ bodhicittam utpādaya aham.”12
The Blessed One continued, [F.203.b] “You should offer worship with the following offerings:
“oṁ sarva-tathāgata-dhūpa-pūjā-megha-samudra-spharaṇa-samaye hūṁ.
oṁ sarva-tathāgata-puṣpa-pūjā-megha-samudra-spharaṇa-samaye hūṁ.
oṁ sarva-tathāgata-āloka-pūjā-megha-samudra-spharaṇa-samaye hūṁ.
oṁ sarva-tathāgata-gandha-pūjā-megha-samudra-spharaṇa-samaye hūṁ.
oṁ sarva-tathāgata-naivedya-pūjā-megha-samudra-spharaṇa-samaye hūṁ.
This was the second chapter, “Offering.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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