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The Green Tara Mantra

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha is the Green Tara Mantra.

Known as the Dolma, the Mother of Liberation and also The Mother of All Buddhas, Tara is a female bodhisattva who is often depicted as a female Buddha in some aspects of Buddhism. For example in Mahayana Buddhism she is depicted as being a bodhisattva, which is reflective of a Buddhist who is on the cusp of enlightenment. In Vajrayana Buddhism, she is depicted as a female Buddha, so it can sometimes be challenging to come up with one definitive description or understanding of Tara.

There are several forms of Tara, including the following.

  • Green Tara (known for being the Buddha of enlightened activities)
  • White Tara (known for healing, serenity, long life, and compassion)
  • Red Tara (known for being a magnet for all things positive)

All of Tara’s 21 forms are all representative of different qualities. The ancient Tara mantra relates to all forms of Tara but is especially relevant to her Green Tara manifestation.

The Green Tara mantra is as follows: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha. Like many of the mantras, it can be a challenge to find a literal English translation for them. There are however several contemporary interpretations that can be better understood.

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  • Om – while some say that Om has no actual conceptual meaning, it can also be reflective of an awareness of the surrounding universe. It is used at the start of many mantras.
  • Tare – this is representative of salvation from suffering and other forms of mundane dangers. Tara is very often depicted as being one who can alleviate suffering from accidents, crime, and natural disasters.
  • Tuttare is representative of the delivered down the right spiritual path, and the need for protect from dangers to the spirit. Delusion, hatred, and greed are the three primary spiritual dangers that are responsible for suffering in us all.
  • Ture – this is representative of the deliverance to the true spiritual path of a bodhisattva. With this syllable, Tara is said to liberate us from the suffering we are inflicted with, while helping us to progress along the path that will allow us to have compassion for others.
  • Svaha is said to be representative of “allow the meaning of this mantra to take root in my mind.”

There is a much more literal interpretation of the Green Tara Mantra that can often be a bit easier to best understand.

  • Tare: O Tara!
  • Tu: I beg!
  • Ture: Swift or prompt!

What this translates to, when put together is something to the effect of “Om! O Tara! I beg of you, O Tara! O swift one!”

Tara is thought to be a protective bodhisattva or perhaps a Buddha who will relieve us of our spiritual, emotional, and physical suffering. The Green Tara mantra has less of a direct meaning like you may find in prayers said in other religious followings, but is more an invocation of all that Tara is representative of. In Buddhism, females are often representative of wisdom more than compassion; however, Tara is one of the rare exceptions where compassion is more of a dominant trait. The Green Tara manta entreats to the compassion and the guidance that Tara can offer devotees.

We have many products featuring the Green Tara, including this Green Tara thangka, and this Green Tara incense.