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
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.