The Tantra on the Origin of All Rites of Tārā, Mother of All the Tathāgatas
The Pacifying Rite
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 Pacifying Rite
“Mañjuśrī, the pacifying rite is as follows. Sprinkle scented water in a shrine chamber, arrange a white maṇḍala there, anoint it with water infused with white sandalwood,53 and scatter flower petals over it. In a white54 vase made of precious materials, place the five precious substances comprising gold, pearl, crystal, coral, and sapphire; the five types of incense comprising sandalwood, aloeswood, frankincense, camphor, and vetiver; the five types of grain comprising barley, wheat, pulses, rice, and sesame oil; and the five essences comprising molasses, honey, butter, salt, and sesame seeds. Wrap the vase in a clean piece of cloth that has its fringe intact and place it in the center. Arrange a further four full vases, [F.209.a] as well as four incense burners, four sets of flowers, and so on. Having completed these preparations, meditate as follows.
“Visualize the heroine Tārā, the mother rich in diligence who takes the form of a yoginī, emerging from the syllable tāṁ. She springs from a blossoming lotus and sits on a full moon disk. Her body is white like the autumn moon, she is in the prime of youth, and she is beautifully adorned with a long necklace, armlets, jewel tassels, and other ornaments. She wears a skirt made of Pañcāla cloth and a top made of silk from Kāśī. She is seated in the half-lotus posture, has one face and two hands, and smiles with darting eyes. Her right hand is in the boon-granting gesture, and her left holds an utpala flower by the stem. Light rays stream from her body, and amṛta flows down from the center of the white lotus and its anthers. She is accompanied by countless bodhisattvas, whose bodies also emit light. As you imagine this, recite the following mantra:
“oṁ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā.
“If you then recite this together with the mantra for the rite, either one, seven, twenty-one, or one hundred and eight times, and make a request, it will be fulfilled.
“Mañjuśrī, the benefits of this are such that the five acts with immediate retribution, the five secondary acts with immediate retribution, and all hostility and nightmares will be pacified. Mañjuśrī, the benefits of this are such that the suffering of the three lower realms will be pacified, and you will never again be reborn in any of the eight unfree states. Mañjuśrī, the benefits of this are such that you will come to remember your past lives, have lucid faculties, be intelligent, and become expert in all arts and crafts. You will be endowed with perfect strength, complexion, and charisma. All the worldly protectors will watch over you, protect you, conceal you, and assist you. Wherever you go, everything will be auspicious.”
Translated by the Indian preceptor Dharmaśrīmitra and the Tibetan translator and monk Chökyi Sangpo.
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