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Green Tara Mantra

Updated: May 28

Tara - is an important figure in Buddhism and one the most beloved deity in Tibetan Buddhism.


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 Svaha



It refers to Tara, the goddess of universal compassion and the color green, which is the color of vitality for Buddhists.


Chanting the Green Tara mantra and visualizing her emerald-green form made of light, we contemplate the path and internalize its meaning, as each aspect of her form represents an aspect of the path to awakening.


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.


Svaha: an exclamation meaning “hail” or “may blessings be upon” and is a common ending to Buddhist mantras.


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.


Chanting the Green Tara mantra and visualizing her emerald-green form made of light, we contemplate the path and internalize its meaning, as each aspect of her form represents an aspect of the path to awakening.

Ordinary Tibetans pray to her when sick, hoping for success, or when leaving for a long journey.


Green Tara mantra helps to liberate the practitioners from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions. By chanting them mantra regularly our minds will become crystal clear and we will 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.

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