by Thea Cowsky
This is an invocation to Tara, female Buddhist deity who represents compassion and the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. Her mantra is considered a protective mantra to overcome fear and other obstacles in order to release one from Samara. Her action is swift and powerful.
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
OM– Indicates Tara’s holy (pure) body, speech and mind
TARE– Release from Samsara (the phenomenal world). (This is Tara’s function.)
TUTTARE– Liberating from fears. (Tara saves us from the eight fears and eight dangers)
TURE– Liberating from our basic ignorance of how things truly are, and from our unsubdued mind and karma, through showing the path to enlightenment.
SOHA– May this mantra take root in my mind stream. It is a word used to end a mantra phrase.
Thus the mantra calls on Tara to help us become liberated from our ignorance and unsubdued mind and karma by helping us to see things as they truly are. This is ‘seeing’ in Buddhism and is called Wisdom.
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Contributing author Kate Cowsky