The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Suppressing Circle
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 Suppressing Circle
“The circle that suppresses is as follows. Draw a nine-compartment circle on slate. In the central compartment, use water infused with turmeric to write ga svā stambhaya | stambhaya ga hā.106 In the eight compartments, write ga oṁ ga | ga tā ga | ga re ga | ga tut ga | ga tā ga | ga re ga | ga tu ga | ga re ga. If the circle is folded and hidden at a crossroads, the target will be unable to move.”
This was the thirty-second chapter, on the suppressing circle.
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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