The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
A More Elaborate Protective Circle for Increasing
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.
A More Elaborate Protective Circle for Increasing Rites
“For a protective circle that guards against all obstacles,89 use a triple-rimmed circle with eight compartments in the outermost circle. In its central compartment write svāhā appended to the target’s name along with rakṣaḥ. In the innermost rim, write u u u u u u u u.90 [F.214.b] In the outer, eight-compartment rim, write oṁ tāre ture tuttāre, bracketing each syllable with u. Draw this with saffron on birch bark or other bark. Tie it to the crown of the head or under the arm so that people cannot see it, and one will be freed from all harm. Recite the mantra as many times as you can.”
This was the twenty-first chapter, “A More Elaborate Protective Circle for Increasing Rites.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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