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The Twenty-One Forms of Tara

According to the Tradition of Lord Atisha

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Kensington. Ven. Choden Rinpoche and Beyer’s book The Cult of Tara. CA. Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche. The text for the Praises to the Twent-One Taras was taken from Martin Willson. Revision 2.01 (9/2004) www. slightly edited and formatted by Wolfgang Saumweber under the guidance of Lama Kunga Rinpoche.The text for the 21 forms of Tara was compiled from oral Commentaries by Ven.vajrayogini.com -2. in November 2002 and revised in September 2004.15 - .

the embodiment of enlightened activities. Each flower consists of three blossoms indicating that Tara. Tara is dressed in the silken robes of royalty. Dharma and Sangha. The different colors of these 21 Taras correspond to the 4 different types of enlightened activity: Tara is the female Buddha of Enlightened Activity (Tib: trinley. etc. Yellow represents the Enlightened activity of increasing the positive qualities conducive to a long life. present and future. and forcefully accumulating conducive conditions for one’s Dharma practice.14 -3- . increase and so forth. or overpowering external forces that cannot be tamed through the first two activities. untimely death. Homage! Holding in her hand the Deer-marked moon of deva-lake form! With twicespoken TARA and PHAT. causes of untimely death and obstacles to success in one’s life or one’s practice. 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.Buddha. a white half-blouse and various jeweled ornaments. Homage! She whom gods and their kings.. Homage! Full of liberating Pow’r by the set of three natures! Destroys hosts of spirits. happiness and success in one’s Dharma practice. Totally dispelling poison! 19. removing obstacles to sickness.18. And raised corpses! Supreme! TURE! The Twenty-One Forms of Tara According to the Tradition of Lord Atisha Introduction Tara has 21 primary emanations which perform different activities such as pacification. And the kinnaras do honour! Armoured in all joyful splendor. increasing. morality and so forth. She dispels bad dreams and conflicts! 20. which involves using forceful methods for accomplishing activities for Enlightened purposes that cannot be accomplished through other means. for example. In each hand she holds the stem of a blue utpala flower. just as Tara is said to have arisen from the compassionate tears of Avalokiteshvara. She wears rainbow colored stockings. Red represents the Enlightened activity of power. Homage! She whose two eyes bright with Radiance of sun and full moon! With twice HARA and TUTTARE She dispels severe contagion! 21. Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity indicating her ability to provide beings with whatever they desire. Black represents the Enlightened activity of wrath. The tiara fastened . Visualization The main (green) Tara is seated upon a lotus arising from the waters of a lake. of which there are 4 types: pacifying. and the three remaining fingers are raised to symbolise the Three Jewels of Refuge . for example overcoming sickness. Each of these is represented by a different color: White represents the Enlightened activity of pacifying.. peace. is the Mother of the Buddhas of the past. overpowering and wrathful. yakshas. These symbolise her mastery of the perfections of generosity.

and Vindhya! -4- . high patron deities. dakinis. Subjugating maras.All 21 Taras have one face and two hands: in their right hands. Homage! She who strikes the ground with Her palm. radiant. Homage! She with joy surrounded Tearing foes’ bodies asunder. They are seated with their right feet extended and their left drawn up. Frees with HUM and knowledge mantra. Homage! She so joyous. the central one is a red ruby symbolic of Amitabha.in her black hair is adorned with jewels. they hold the flasks that accomplish their various active functions. Homage! Crown adorned with crescent Moon. Homage! She able to summon All earth-guardians’ assembly! Shaking. all ornaments most shining! Amitabha in her hair-knot Sending out much light eternal! 13. With a warm compassionate gaze she looks down upon each sentient being as a mother regards her only child. her left leg withdrawn to symbolise her renunciation of worldly passion and her right leg extended to show that she is always ready to arise and come to the aid of those who need her help. and with her foot beats it! Scowling. virtuous. Bodhisattvas. Mandara. left bent. Homage! TURE! With seed letter Of the shape of syllable HUM! By foot stamping shakes the three worlds. Destroyer of the great evil! 16. 9. frowning. on thrones of lotus and moon. and surrounded on all sides by countless hosts of Buddhas. joy surrounds you Troops of enemies destroying! 14.13 - . devas! 11. and protectors of the Law. her spiritual father and the head of her Buddha family. Homage! Happy. Arrangement of the ten letters! 17. Homage! At the heart her fingers. with the letter HUM the Seven levels she does conquer! 15. Crown emitting garlands of light! Mirthful. upon the palm of their gift-bestowing gestures. radiating forth measureless light. Adorn her with Three Jewel mudra! Light-ray masses all excited! All directions’ wheels adorn her! 10. She is seated in a distinctive posture. peaceful! She whose field is peace. with her HUM sign Saving from every misfortune! 12. Her emerald-green color — related to the wind element and hence to movement — signifies her ability to act swiftly and without delay to bring benefits to sentient beings. laughing with TUTTARE. nirvana! She endowed with OM and SVAHA. Meru. and with their left hands they hold a lotus flower. adorned with silks and all precious ornaments. Homage! She ’mid wreath ablaze like Eon-ending fire abiding! Right stretched.

and surrounded on all sides by countless hosts of Buddhas. adorned with silks and all precious ornaments. . Actions triumph without limit! Relied on by conquerors’ children. Corpse-raisers. All 21 Taras have one face and two hands: in their right hands. Agni. in hand adorned! Giving. Homage! Filling with TUTTARE. They are seated with their right feet extended and their left drawn up. Homage! Worshipped by the all-lords. Bodhisattvas. very dreadful! Destroyer of Mara’s champion(s)! She with frowning lotus visage Who is slayer of all enemies! . left out. austerities. upon the palm of their gift-bestowing gestures. Shakra. Homage! TURE. Marut! Honored by the hosts of spirits. gandharvas. and space! Trampling with her feet the seven worlds. they hold the flasks that accomplish their various active functions. radiating forth measureless light. Having reached ev’ry perfection! 5. dakinis.12 -5�� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� � � � � � �� �� �� � � � � Around the main (green) Tara who sits on a moon cushion on top of a multicolored lotus each of the 21 Taras sits on a lotus petal. Brahma. effort.Praises to the Twenty-one Taras OM I prostrate to the noble transcendent liberator. Homage! With Her TRAD and PHAT sounds Destroying foes’ magic diagrams! Her feet pressing. Homage! Golden-blue one. going counterclockwise from the front. Able to draw forth all beings! 6. heroic! Eyes like lightning instantaneous! Sprung from op’ning stamens of the Lord of three world’s tear-born lotus! 2. and with their left hands they hold a lotus flower. calm. meditation her sphere! 4. on thrones of lotus and moon. lotus Water born. and protectors of the Law. HUM. Homage! Tara. Homage! She whose face combines a Hundred autumn moons at fullest! Blazing with light rays resplendent As a thousand star collection! 3. Homage! Crown of tathagatas. high patron deities. yakshas! 7. Patience. direction. 1. desire. right in. swift. Blazing in a raging fire-blaze! 8.

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE WASHAM KURU SVAHA 21.11 - . OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SHINTING KURU SVAHA 3. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE PUSHTIM KURU SVAHA -6- .Swift Lady of Glory The Tara swift and heroic. colored yellow.Lady of Golden Yellow Color The Tara who increases life and enjoyment. RIMNE SELWE’I DROLMA . holding the red flask that dispels fevers. holding the green flask whence come all magical attainments.She Who Completely Perfects All Enlightened Activities The Tara who fulfills all active functions. NYURMA PALMO . her body colored white and radiating varicolored lights. holding the red flask that subjugates. her body colored red. who destroys hindering demons and injuries. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VISARATA SVAHA The Twenty-One Taras 1. TR’INLE T’AMCHE YONGSU DZOGPAR JEPE’I DROLMA .She Who Removes Pestilence The Tara who dispels all fevers. SHIWA CH’ENMO .Principal Aspect: Khadiravani Tara Tara of the Acacia Grove: green. who defeats diseases and evil spirits. holding the white flask that pacifies. her body colored red. holding the yellow flask that increases.Lady of Supreme Peace The Tara white as the autumn moon. peaceful expresssion OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA 20. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA SIDDHI SADHANAM SVAHA 2. SERDOG CHEN .

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MACANA SVAHA The Tara defeating others. holding the white flask that dispels poison and disease.10 - -7- .She Who is Completely Victorious Over the Three Worlds 18. her body colored white. her body colored red-black. DROLMA JIGTEN SUMYOWA . her body colored red. who grants the highest life. TSUGTOR NAMPAR GYALMA . her body colored redyellow. who tames ghosts. holding the red flask that ravishes. JIGTEN SUMLE NAMPAR GYALMA . OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SHATRUN UCCHATAYA SVAHA The Tara crying the sound of HUM who subjugates and summons with the gesture of wisdom. who averts the magic mantras of others. holding the yellow flask of life. holding the yellow flask that subdues magic mantras. DUGSELMA . OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA STAMBHANI TARE SVAHA 6. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE AYUR-JNANA PUSHTIM KURU SVAHA 5.16. DUG-NGAL T’AMCHE SELWE’I DROLMA . RIGPA HUNGLE DROLMA . who dispels it. holding the black flask that averts magic mantras. her body colored white. holding the red-yellow flask that increases wisdom.She Who Alleviates All Suffering The Tara who dispels bad dreams and suffering. HUNG DRADROGMA . her body colored black. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA DHARMAH PRATI-PARISHODHAYA SVAHA 4. her body colored red-yellow. who shakes the triple world.She Who Causes the Three Realms to Tremble The Tara pacifying mara demons and obscurations.She Who Conquers Others 19.She Who Proclaims the Sound of HUM 17. who increases one’s intelligence. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SHTRI AKARSHAYA HRIH SVAHA 7. holding the blue flask that confounds ghosts and awakened corpses. holding the white flask that dispels suffering. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE NAGA VISHA SHANTIM KURU SVAHA The Tara victorious over the triple world.Tara Who Arises from the Hung of Intrinsic Awareness The Tara victorious over the contentions of others. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA VIDYA ARARA VARANAYA SVAHA . Embodying All Positive Qualities The Tara victorious.She Who Neutralizes Poison The Tara pacifying the poison of the naga serpents. SHEN JOM-MA . colored yellow.Lady of Complete Victory.

TRASHI TAMCHE JINMA .She Who Is Frowning Wrathfully 10. DU DRA JOM-MA . holding the while flask that cleanses sins and obscurations. who protects from all terrors. her body colored red-yellow like refined gold. the dark blue flask that pierces hindering demons. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MANGALAM SVAHA 13.She Who Brings Maras and the World Under Her Power The Tara who tames all maras and obstructions. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE BHAYA BHASMIM KURU SVAHA 15. holding the red flask that protects from obstacles. her brows slightly frowning. METAR BARMA . holding the red flask that defeats mara demons. holding the white flask of good fortune. JIGPA KUNKYOB (MA. who grants the magical attainments. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VASUDHARINI SVAHA The Tara great and calm. holding the yellow flask that dispels poverty. . OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAM UPAKRAMA RAKSHA RAKSHA SVAHA 14. holding the white flask that defeats all terrors. her body colored red and blazing like fire. her body colored black. P’ONGPA SELMA .8.She Who Conquers Maras and Enemies The Tara who defeats mara demons and enemies. TRONYER CHEN . OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA MARA SHATRUN MARAYA PHAT SVAHA 12.She Who Grants All That is Auspicious The Tara who grants all good fortune. who cleanses sins and obscurationns. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA MARA PRAMARDHANI SVAHA The Tara with frowning brows. holding the red flask that defeats mara demons and enemies. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VAJRA MAHA PADA BHASMIM KURU SVAHA The Tara who defeats hindering demons and obstacles. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA PAPAM PRASHAMANAYA SVAHA -8- -9- .She Who Blazes Like Fire 9.She Who Eradicates Poverty The Tara dispelling the suffering of poverty. who destroys hindering demons. DUDANG JIGTEN WANGDU DEMA . her body the color of gold. her body colored white. holding. her body colored red-black. her body colored red.She Who Protects from All Fears The Tara whose gesture symbolizes the Three Jewels. SHIWA CH’ENMA .She of Supreme Peacefulness 11.