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 Blessed One again addressed the bodhisattva Youthful Mañjuśrī, “Mañjuśrī, this mother is the mother of all the buddhas of the three times. Therefore, Mañjuśrī, memorize this praise used by all the buddhas of the three times.”
The Blessed One then recited this dhāraṇī-mantra of praise:16
“Mañjuśrī, [F.205.a] this dhāraṇī was blessed by all the buddhas of the three times. It extols Tārā, the mother of all the buddhas of the three times, by vanquishing all evil. Its benefits are inconceivable. Therefore, Mañjuśrī, recite it!
“The person who recites this dhāraṇī will never be reborn as a hell being, as a hungry ghost, as an animal, or in any other such miserable state. They will never be reborn in borderlands, as a barbarian, with impaired faculties, or the like. They will be freed from the dangers of fever, boils, infectious diseases, and all other illnesses, and such perils will not reoccur. They will be freed from the eight great dangers and the like.
“Mañjuśrī, the person who memorizes this praise used by all the buddhas of the three times makes offerings to all of them. All the acts with immediate retribution and other misdeeds of the person who memorizes this will be purified, and that person will see all the buddhas. They will not meet an untimely death, and, when the time of death comes, they will see Tārā, the mother of all the buddhas of the three times. The person who memorizes this will be able to accomplish whatever they have in mind. They will obtain a perfect body, a perfect complexion, and all other perfect attributes.23 Nightmares, bad omens,24 and interference by nonhumans will all be pacified. They will come to see the truth of the three times and behold Tārā’s form in person.
“One should recite this:
This was the third chapter, “Praise.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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