Mantra of Green Tara
Tara - is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism, and as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. Tara is the Mother of all the Buddhas, the essence of compassion in action.
According to Vajrayana Buddhism, Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings.
There are many different forms of Tara. The most common form is rendered in the color green, which is considered special for all types of activities.
Her right foot is slightly extended, because she is ready to leap to the aid of beings. Her right hand is opened out on her right knee, in the gesture of generosity. Her left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower, which is blossoming next to her left ear.
The Green Tara mantra:
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha. It refers to Tara, the goddess of universal compassion and the color green, which is the color of vitality for Buddhists.
Om: It has to do with the body, the mind, and the approach to universal divinity.
Tare: It’s the liberation of the sufferings, feelings, and inferior strength.
Tuttare: It represents protection against internal and external dangers.
Ture: It’s a protection against physical diseases and a peace-generating word.
Soha: It represents the long-term action of protection against internal and external dangers.
Benefits of recanting the Mantra
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.
Ordinary Tibetans pray to her when we are sick, when leaving for a long journey, or when we hope for success or wealth.
We are also asking to be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom, and to achieve the same enlightened body, speech and mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.