Green tara mantra: om tare tuttare ture soha

In Tibet, om tare tuttare ture soha is an ancient mantra that is related to lớn Tara, the “Mother of all Buddhas,” and especially to her manifestation as Green Tara. In this post you will learn who Green Tara is, what her mantra means, and how lớn say it in Tibetan.

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*20trăng tròn Coronavirus Note: During these uncertain, troubling days, His Holiness the Dalai Lama — when asked for spiritual advice on the pandemic — suggested that chanting the Green Tara mantra could be helpful. (You can hear His Holiness chant the mantra in an audio below, và learn how khổng lồ say it for yourself in a Clip below.)

Green Tara Mantra, from ‘Praises khổng lồ the 21 Taras’ by the Federation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition

Tibetans love sầu to pray và recite mantras, and the Green Tara mantra is one of the main three or four mantras that we say to help ourselves & others. (See our posts on om mani padme hum & om muni muni maha muniye soha, two other very popular mantras. And if you are interested in hearing the otherwordly sounds of Tibechảy prayers in monasteries in Tibet, you can learn how lớn visit Tibet here.)

Basically, any mantra is “a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of ‘creating transformation.’”1

To better underst& the Green Tara mantra, let’s first talk a little about who Green Tara is, & then look at the deeper meaning of the mantra.

Green Tara: Compassion in Action

As we see in the image above, Green Tara is usually depicted as a compassionate being ready lớn step down from her lotus throne lớn offer comfort and protection from all of the sufferings we experience in the world.

She is shown “in a posture of ease và readiness for action. While her left leg is folded in the contemplative position, her right leg is outstretched, ready lớn spring into action. Green Tara’s left hvà is in the refuge-granting mudra (gesture); her right hand makes the boon-granting gesture. In her hands she also holds closed blue lotuses (utpalas), which symbolize purity and power.”2

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Reciting the Green Tara Mantra: (His Holiness begins the mantra after about the 40 second mark. )

The First Dalai Lama’s Teachings on Tara

The first Dalai Lama wrote that we can Gọi on her lớn instantly save us from eight particular dangers, each of which represents a corresponding human mental problem:

lions — pridewild elephants — delusion & ignoranceforest fires — hatredsnakes — jealousyrobbers — wrong views, including fanatical viewsprisons — greed & miserlinessfloods — desire và attachmentdemons — doubts caused by delusion

Ordinary Tibetans pray khổng lồ her when we are sick, when leaving for a long journey, or when we hope for success or wealth. His Holiness’ teaching shows us that this is not actually the true purpose of praying khổng lồ or reciting mantras khổng lồ Tara.

When we chant the Green Tara mantra, we are not simply asking for Tara’s blessings và help with our lives và our “real world” problems.

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Actually, we are also asking khổng lồ be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative sầu emotions that blind us to true freedom, & to achieve sầu the same enlightened toàn thân, speech & mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Meaning of the Green Tara Mantra

A 1987 teaching by Lama Zopage authority Rinpoche really opens up lớn us the profound meaning và benefits of practicing Tara’s powerful mantra.3

Lama Zopage authority walks us through the mantra in a long discussion on Tara, which we have sầu excerpted and shortened below:

In short,om tare tuttare ture soha means “I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones.”The Tara mantra is om tare tuttare ture soha. To explain the meaning of tare tuttare ture: tare means liberating from samsara.Tare shows that Mother Tara liberates living beings from samsara, from true suffering, or problems. You can relate this to lớn the particular sufferings of human beings: birth, old age, sickness & death; meeting undesirable objects and experiencing aversion; not finding desirable objects or finding them but gaining no satisfaction… All these are the problems of true suffering. If you rely upon Tara by taking refuge in her và doing Tara practices—such as the recitation of mantra or praises — with tare, Tara liberates you from all these true sufferings.The second word, tuttare, liberates you from the eight fears. There are eight fears related khổng lồ external dangers from fire, water, air, earth, và also from such things as thieves và dangerous animals. However, the main dangers come from ignorance, attachment, anger, pride, jealousy, miserliness, doubt and wrong views. These eight disturbing thoughts that you have sầu in your mind are the main dangers… This second word, tuttare, which liberates you from the eight fears, frees you from the true cause of suffering: karma và the all-arising disturbing thoughts.The third word, ture, liberates you from disease. Now, of the Four Noble Truths, ture shows the cessation of suffering, which is the ultimate Dharma. In terms of liberating from disease, the actual disease we have is ignorance not knowing the absolute nature of the I, and all the disturbing thoughts that arise from this ignorance… By liberating us from disease, ture actually liberates us from the true cause, disturbing thoughts, & also the true sufferings.The rough meaning of these three words tare tuttare ture is: “To you, embodiment of all the Buddhas’ actions, I prostrate always — whether I am in happy or unhappy circumstances — with my body, speech and mind.”The final word soha means establishing the root of the path within your heart. In other words, by taking refuge in Tara và doing Tara practice, you receive sầu the blessings of Tara in your own heart. This gives you space khổng lồ establish the root of the path, signified by tare tuttare ture, in your heart. By establishing the path of the three capable beings within your heart, you purify all impurities of your body, speech and mind, & achieve sầu Tara’s pure vajra holy body toàn thân, holy speech và holy mind, which are signified by om. Your toàn thân, speech và mind are transformed into Tara’s holy toàn thân, holy speech and holy mind. This is the rough meaning of om tare tuttare ture soha.

Like om mani padme hum, the Green Tara Mantra is much greater than the sum of its parts, with layers of meaning & benefit that resonate with us beyond what our minds perceive.

By calling on Tara’s protection from danger and from our fears with a sincere motivation lớn be relieved of our suffering for the benefit of all beings, we can gain the multiple benefits of selfish altruism, và compassionate action, becoming happier ourselves as we help others.