Thursday, June 30, 2011

Green Tara Mantra

Young Girls' Mantra of Joy by Su Ching-yen, available on Mantra of Joy.

Mantra of Joy

The words Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha come from the Green Tara mantra.

Om is a sound that represents the whole world and universe.  This syllable has no independent discernable meaning today, but it is often used at the beginning of mantras and is considered to be the sound from which other sounds are made.

Tare signifies protection from worldly dangers and suffering.  Tara is the female Bodhisattva of compassion who vowed to always be reborn in female form until the end of samsara.

Tuttare represents liberation from personal suffering.  Tara protects against delusion, greed and hatred, which are the sources of suffering.

Ture represents the Bodhisattva way of universal salvation for all sentient beings.  Tara helps us remember that salvation is not just personal.  We must compassionately work to end the suffering of all beings.

Svaha means, "Hail!"  This word is often used to end mantras.  In Tibetan, this word can also be translated as, "So be it."

I love listening to this mantra and chanting along, which reminds me that there is a Tara puja on July 8th at the Drolma Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

What is your favorite mantra or other similar meditaiton/chanting practice?