The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Isolating and Enthralling Circle
Degé Kangyur, vol. 94 (rgyud ’bum, tsha), folios 202.a–217.a
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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 Isolating and Enthralling Circle
“To enthrall, use blood from your ring finger, lac dye,97 charnel-ground charcoal, and gold98 to draw a circle with nine compartments on a charnel-ground shroud99 or the clothes of a dead person. [F.215.b] In its central compartment write amogha hrīḥ ha.100 On the eight spokes, write oṁ de oṁ | tā va tā | re dat re | tut ta tut | tā a tā | re mo re | tu gha tu | re hriḥ re.101 Insert the circle into an amulet along with the head of a worm. Breaking it in two, conceal each part on opposite sides of a riverbank. If you do that, isolating and enthralling will be accomplished.”
This was the twenty-seventh chapter, “The Isolating and Enthralling Circle.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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