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Female Buddha of Compassion
About 21 Praises to Tara from Palyul.org
Tara is known as the Swift Liberator ~
She averts obstacles and creates healing and harmony.
Tara's mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
Tara is known as the Swift Liberator; she averts obstacles and creates healing and harmony.
Tara was the first feminist Buddha. Through the strength of Her female form, she attained full enlightenment
and so able to emanate myriad forms in order to aid sentient beings with lightening swiftness.
One of her best known forms is the assembly of Twenty-One Emanations (21 Taras).
Tara's mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
from a handout prepared by Ven Sangye Khadro
Some bhikshus (monks) came to know of this, and urged her to dedicate the merits
she had created to be reborn as a male. However, the princess rejected this advice, saying:
Here there is no man, there is no woman,
She went on to make the following vow:
of sentient beings in the body of a woman. Therefore, until samsara is empty,
I shall work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman's body."
From that time onwards the princess dedicated herself to winning full and complete Enlightenment.
Once she accomplished that goal, she came to be known as Tara, the Liberator.
There is another story regarding Tara which tells that the Buddha of Compassion Chenrezig had been working
for a long time to help sentient beings. He had been able to help hundreds of thousands of beings
become free from samsara, but then he checked and realized there were still so many more beings suffering
in samsara. He began to cry, and from the pool formed by his tears a lotus arose and Tara appeared from
the lotus, saying "Don't worry -- I will help you." Thus Tara is associated with Chenrezig, as well as with
Amitabha Buddha (she has a tiny image of Amitabha Buddha on her crown.)
From In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress by Martin Willson.
It is said that Tara protects from the 8 fears,
of which there are internal and external aspects.
It is possible to understand some of the external fears as mental states.
The 8 External Fears
The 8 Internal Fears
7. wrong views
The Symbolism of Green Tara
Green Tara is seated upon a lotus arising from the waters of a lake, just as Tara is said to have arisen from the compassionate tears of Avalokiteshvara. Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity indicating her ability to provide beings with whatever they desire. Her left hand at her heart is in the mudra of bestowing refuge: her thumb and ring finger are pressed together to symbolise the united practice of method and wisdom, and the three remaining fingers are raised to symbolise the Three Jewels of Refuge - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. In each hand she holds the stem of a blue utpala flower. Each flower consists of three blossoms indicating that Tara, the embodiment of enlightened activities, is the Mother of the Buddhas of the past, present and future.
from Images of Enlightenment by J. Landaw and A. Weber, Snow Lion Publications.
The Twenty-One Taras
Tara is the female Buddha of Enlightened Activity, of which there are 4 types: pacifying, increasing, overpowering and wrathful.
Each of these is represented by a different colour:
White represents the Enlightened activity of pacifying, for example overcoming sickness,
causes of untimely death and obstacles to success in one's life or one's practice.
Yellow represents the Enlightened activity of increasing the positive qualities
conducive to a long life, peace, happiness and success in one's Dharma practice.
Red represents the Enlightened activity of power, or overpowering external forces that cannot be tamed
through the first two activities, for example, removing obstacles to sickness, untimely death, etc., and forcefully
accumulating conducive conditions for one's Dharma practice.
Black represents the Enlightened activity of wrath, which involves using forceful methods for accomplishing activities for
Enlightened purposes that cannot be accomplished through other means.
|1. The Swift Heroine (Nyur.ma.pa.mo) -- red.
2. Saraswati (Yang.chen.ma) -- white. This Tara is also known as "The Great Pacifier" because she pacifies negative obscurations.
3. The Giver of Supreme Virtue (Sö.nam.chog.ter.ma) -- yellow (with a slightly bluish hue). Also known as "Tara who Increases."
4. The All Victorious (Nam.gyal.ma) -- white. Also known as "Tara of Life Force."
5. The Giver of Intelligence (Rig.je.ma) -- red/yellow. Also known as "Tara who Resonates with HUM."
6. The Terrifier (Jig.je.ma) -- black with tinge of red. A.k.a. "Tara who is Victorious over the Three Worlds."
7. The Invincible (Shen.gyi.mi.tub.ma) -- black. A.k.a. "Tara who Crushes Others' Forces."
8. The Conqueror of Others (Shen.le.nam.par.gyal.ma) -- red/black. A.k.a. "Tara the Pulverizer of the Maras."
9. The Saviour of the Scented Forest (Jig.ten.sum.la.gyal.ma) -- white. A.k.a. "Tara who embodies the Three Jewels."
10. The Conqueror of the Three Worldly Realms (Jig.ten.sum.la.gyal.ma) -- red. A.k.a. "The Great Subduer."
11. The Giver of Wealth (Nor.ter.ma) -- red/yellow. A.k.a. "Tara who Eliminates Poverty."
12. The Auspicious (Ta.shi.dön.je.ma) -- red/yellow. A.k.a. "Tara Who Bestows Auspicious Conditions."
13. The Destroyer of Opposing Forces (Da.pung.som.ze.ma) -- red. A.k.a. "Tara Who Blazes in Flames."
14. The Wrathful (To.nyer.chen) -- red/black. A.k.a. "Tara of Wrathful Gaze." 15. The Very Peaceful (Rab.shi.ma) -- white. A.k.a. "The Great Pacifier."
16. The Blazing Light (Bar.wä.od.chen.ma) -- red. A.k.a. "Tara Who Saves by Means of HUM."
17. The Subduer of Countless Harmful Forces (Pag.me.nön.ma) -- red/yellow. A.k.a. "Tara Who Causes the Three Worlds to Tremble."
18. The Peahen (Ma.ja.ma) -- white. A.k.a. "Tara Who Eliminates Poisons."
19. The Invincible Queen (Mi.pam.gyal.ma) -- white. A.k.a. "Tara Who Eliminates Conflicts and bad Dreams."
20. The Mountain-dwelling Mendicant (Ri.tö.ma) -- red/yellow. A.k.a. "Tara Who Eliminates Diseases."
21. Rays of Light (Öd.zer.chen.ma) -- white. A.k.a. "Tara Who Accomplishes All Enlightened Activities."
Sometimes associated with Tara; also known as Avalokitesvara Buddha
Praise To Kuan Yin
Kuan Yin's compassion for all beings is so vast and inconceivable, our gratitude cannot comprehend
nor fully express the magnitude of her blessings. Her body and garments of brilliant, translucent White Light.
Her adornments, a white vase of Compassionate Water in her left hand, The Sacred Willow Branch in her right hand.
Enlightened through infinite acts of compassion countless lifetimes ago.
Her feet rest upon a fragrant red lotus flower above a vast ocean. Her brows curved and radiant like the crescent
of an autumn moon. With the sweet dew drops she sprinkles from her vase, She relieves the suffering of beings
everywhere and always, for countless autumns.
Prayers for help arise from thousands of hearts, and thousands of prayers are answered by her vow
of eternal compassion: Beings in Samsara, who sail the ocean of suffering,
She will guide and deliver safely to the ultimate shore of enlightenment.