“Let their rebirths make them upright and alert, ready to be a vessel for the Dharma”

by Lisa Stewart

Compassionate Mother Tara
I respectfully prostrate at your perfect feet and present to you clouds of a countless variety of offerings.

Beloved Tara
Please look upon me with kindness
May I speak clearly to be worthy of your ear
Please consider this request made for all suffering in forms that walk on four to many legs
Because of their present state, they cannot know of your perfect wisdom and compassion.

Compassionate Companion Tara
These ignorant beasts remain in suffering by the force of their karma
Their past non-virtuous deeds have ripened and come to bear bitter fruit upon their body, speech, and mind.

Excellent Loving Mother Tara
We have all wandered in this vast ocean of cyclic existence in many forms, each with its own unique brand of suffering.
Let us realize how precious this human form is and the life experience that is now our good fortune to live.
Let none waste a moment waiting and listening for the wind to rush into a place where any object, emotion, desire and so on ceases to be.

Consider those named beasts of burden
Let not their toil and strife go unvisited
Or allow that suffering to migrate into another lifetime of such pain
Cause them to be upright

Consider those named a human’s best friend
Let not their tender unconditional ways go unnoticed
Cause them to be upright

Let not those that we swat away, trample on, and willfully extinguish be forgotten down to the tiniest one
Cause them to be upright

Please hear me Loving Tara
Let any virtuous deeds these beings might have performed even in lives eons past ripen and surge forth
Let their rebirths make them upright and alert, ready to be a vessel for the Dharma

Let us be mindful, considerate, and compassionate to those in much
lesser forms with no less painful state of being than our own.
When all we have left in this precious human life that we are so
fortunate to experience is Love.
Cause us, Loving Mother Tara, to be wise enough in being upright,
To give that love away

May any merit no matter how slight generated by this humble request be for the benefit of all sentient beings. May they have all causes for greatest happiness and profound joy. May I alone bear the joyous burden of leading all sentient beings to enlightenment so they may quickly reside in Buddha’s state.