NEW TRANSLATION: White Tārā’s syllables that avert catastrophes and obstacles

Tārā, image by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Today, the eighth day of the lunar month, is Noble Tārā day, and in these times of anxiety, sickness, distress, restrictions and nationwide lockdowns, Tārā has become even more of an essential daily practice for Dharma practitioners. For those who have sickness, old age or are overwhelmed time-wise, with demands of families, and being cooped up teenagers and children, here is a short and effective visualisation of White Tārā with mantra recitation that can be done anywhere and at any time of day!  It was compiled by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and is in his Collected Sadhanas (sGrub thabs kun btus, Dzongsar Institute, TBRC W23681; vol. 2416: pp. 44-45).  I have also made it into a .pdf so it can be downloaded here (with Tibetan). They are instructions and not to be chanted though.

White Tārā’s Syllables that Pacify Obstacles

by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

The oral instructions that pacify obstacles and bad omens/signs

Think of oneself as white Tārā. From one’s heart brilliant light rays stream out bringing out, in front of oneself, harm-doers and obstacles. Then meditate on white Tārā. From her, wisdom beings are invited that dissolve and become inseparable from oneself. From one’s heart,  offerings of the five types are manifested. Supplicate for whatever one desires. By doing that, it is taught that one will not be harmed by whatever obstacles and harm-doers exist.

The oral instructions on the ‘chakra  tent’ for catastrophes/tragedy

At one’s navel, visualise a chakra wheel with spokes, like a tent cover, facing down. Self-generate as white Tārā. At the navel, meditate on the syllables Om and Ha. On the eight spokes are the eight syllables [Tara Tuttare Ture Sva]. Then recite all the ten syllables. It is taught that this will reverse all catastrophes and protect from all dangers and fears and so on.

Translated by Adele Tomlin, 1st April 2020.

For more on the sacred and blessed image of White Tārā pictured above, revered and used by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and his lineage, see here.

3 thoughts on “NEW TRANSLATION: White Tārā’s syllables that avert catastrophes and obstacles

  1. Hi Adele, let me introduce myself, Juan Manuel from Mexico City, a student of HE Garchen Rinpoche. I have no other comment that your work is wonderful, auspicious, and vast for the spread of Buddhism. On this post on Tara image by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, I felt some kind of connection when I watched it for the first time and read about it in your post, and I have few questions on that, and, I will be so thankfulness if you are so kind to answer, whenever you have a free time:

    1. You speak about a pdf that you made for download, but I cannot found it in the post.
    2. To meditate on the syllables Om and Ha, this one is the same as Ah?
    3. And says, in the eight chakra spokes (is red the chakra´s color?) visualize the 8 syllables Tara (or Tare?) Tuttare Ture Sva and then recite the 10 syllables, are those syllables Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha? or includes Ha or Ah?.
    I´m so sorry for my very essential questions, but, as you see I´m a very beginner in Buddhism, no matter if I have practiced for 11 years.
    4. May I do the visualization and meditation with no specific Empowerment needed ( I already have received the Green and White Tara Empowerments).
    5. Is anywhere available the Tara Image in high resolution for better visualization to meditate?
    Thanks in advance for your kindness and I apologize for my misspellings but I’m just English Intermediate level.
    Best wishes and thanks in advance

    1. Hello Juan, thank you for your kind comments, interest and questions here. 1. I will send you the pdf in an email.
      4. You can do the meditation if you have White Tara empowerment. It is not a complicated Vajrayana ritual etc.
      5.As far as am aware, there is no high resolution image of that White Tara. Hope that helps a little.

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