The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Increasing Circle
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 Increasing Circle
“To perform the increasing rite, draw a nine-compartment circle with an inner and outer rim on birch bark, using either saffron or bezoar. In the central compartment write sarvapuṣṭiṃ kuru oṁ a,94 and in each of the eight inner compartments, write oṁ. In the eight outer compartments, write oṁ oṁ oṁ | oṁ tā oṁ | oṁ re oṁ | oṁ tut oṁ | oṁ tā oṁ | oṁ re oṁ | oṁ tu oṁ | oṁ re oṁ. Then place the circle inside a clay amulet and worship it with yellow flowers, such as the nāga flower, and the five offerings at the four times each day for seven days, starting on the full moon. Your lifespan and merit will thereby be increased.”
This was the twenty-fifth chapter, “The Increasing Circle.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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