The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Great Suppression 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 Great Suppression Circle
“For the great suppression circle, use ink made of turmeric to draw nine compartments with inner and outer circles inside a clay amulet. In the central compartment write this mantra: ṛga svā staṃbhaya staṃbhaya ṛga hā.107 In the inner compartments write ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha eight times. In the eight outer compartments write ṛga oṁ ṛga | ṛga tā ṛga | ṛga re ṛga | ṛga tut ṛga | ṛga tā ṛga | ṛga re ṛga | ṛga tu ṛga | ṛga re ṛga and finalize it with the addition of the Ārya Tārā mantra.108 Conceal it in the direction from which the enemy is approaching, and it will grant protection. If you conceal it by the enemy’s door, they will be suppressed.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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