As reported on Buddhist Door online magazine, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently advised reciting Arya Tara’s mantra—om tare tuttare ture soha—to help mitigate the spread of the corona virus and to ease the fear and suffering of those affected. His Holiness said, ““There are many people around the world who are worried and scared about the epidemic. I pray for them all.”
In light of His Holiness’ directive, we offer Ven. Thubten Chodron’s prayer to Arya Tara—A Song to Mummy Tara in The Dire Times—written at the request of Venerable Lobsang Tenpa and Friends of Sravasti Abbey Russia.
Ven. Tenpa asked for ” … a prayer in a few verses that we could regularly recite—a prayer for the well-being and healing of the world and beings abiding in it. This is so that we can steer whatever little merit we create towards the goals of world peace, interfaith harmony, gender equality, establishment of true ethical values, and genuine compassion and wisdom in the minds of all, and so that we can direct the actions of our body, speech and mind towards bringing these things about to whatever extent possible. From our side, we will diligently recite the prayer and try to embody it!”
Ven. Chodron will lead a two-day workshop based on this prayer April 11-12 in Sacramento, California. Details are here.
A Song to Mummy Tara in These Dire Times
Om tare tuttare ture soha.
The dancing gait of your peaceful, smiling form signals hope, cheerfulness, and kindness. We need this now, in these times when those who claim to be leaders are pulling our world into hate and violence with their distorted views.
Not allowing ourselves to be adversely influenced and remaining firm in virtue, we will recall the support of all Buddhas and bodhisattvas, and we will stand together with all people who seek peace. Having a sense of our own integrity, we will cultivate, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. With consideration for others, we will comport ourselves in ways that inspire empathy, reconciliation, peace, and kindness.
Tam, with the light of your inner joy radiating throughout the universe, please inspire us to act with compassion in this dream-like world.
Om nama tare namo hare hum hare soha.
The fierce stance of your wrathful radiating red form stops all disturbing thoughts and harmful deeds. With mindfulness of our precepts and introspective awareness that monitors the activity of our body, speech, and mind, we will immediately reverse all negativities. We will express the truth clearly and skillfully assess when to speak and act and when to let the illusory appearances fade on their own.
Hum, with the light of your exacting wisdom, inspire us to pacify our own afflictions and those of all sentient beings.
Om tare tuttare ture pey.
Aware that our own life is temporary like a flash of lightning, we will not waste time in distraction and discouragement but will reach out with love to connect to each and every living being. With fortitude we will plumb the depths of our minds, knowing the stillness and silence of their ultimate nature.
Pey! With your sparkling white light, guide us so that our obscurations and those of others evaporate into emptiness. Like you, we will then remain until samsara ends to liberate all beings lost in self-concern and self-graspiing.
Composed by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
Listen to Venerable Chodron read the prayer
Additional Tara practice resources
- Ven. Thubten Chodron guides a meditation on Arya Tara, including audio for reciting the Praises to the 21 Taras and Tara’s mantra, om tare tuttare ture soha.
- Ven. Thubten Chodron leads an alternative version of the Green Tara meditation that includes reflection on the “Eight Dangers.” Mantra and praises audio also included.
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