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.
“To accomplish the activity of great pacification, make a clay amulet with a lid. Make ink out of white sandalwood92 and use it to draw a nine-compartment circle with inner and outer sections. In the central compartment write the mantra svā śāntiṃ kuru hā.93 [F.215.a] Inside the inner rim, write eight sets of a a. Inside the outer rim, write a oṁ a | a tā a | a re a | a tut a | a tā a | a re a | a tu a | a re a. Tie a flower garland around the amulet and place it on the maṇḍala. Make offerings to it at the four times and recite the mantra without error for seven days. If you do, the great pacification will succeed.”
This was the twenty-fourth chapter, “Great Pacification.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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