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The White Tara Mantra

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayurjnana Punye Pushting Svaha is the mantra most often recited to invoke the White form of Tara. There are 21 manifestations of Tara, including the White Tara. Also known as the Dolma, the Mother of all Buddhas, and the Mother of Liberation, Tara is depicted both as a bodhisattva and a female Buddha. In some avenues of Buddhism, like Mahayana Buddhism, Tara is depicted as being a bodhisattva, which is a Buddhist who is on the cusp of enlightenment. In the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism, however, Tara is depicted as being a female Buddha, which means that she has attained true enlightenment.

White Tara is the Tara associate with compassion and long life. The White Tara mantra is very often chanted with an individual in mind, in order to entreat Tara to bless them with the long life and the compassion that they need to overcome obstacles.

While Green Tara is pictured as stepping down onto a lotus, which is symbolic of her stepping into offer assistance and guidance, White Tara is typically depicted with both legs folded under her as she meditates. She is shown as having seven eyes, on the palms of her hands, soles of her feet, and on her forehead, as a symbol of the watchfulness that comes from a mind that is compassionate.

The White Tara mantra of Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayurjnana Punye Pushtim Kuru Svaha is similar to the Green Tara mantra of Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha, with Om and Svaha on the front and end of both mantras. While the exact meanings and translations of these types of mantras can be incredibly difficult to convert to English, there are several representations that are often associated with the syllables in the mantra.

  • 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.
  • Mama means “mine” and is indicative of the desire to possess the qualities of wisdom, happiness, long life, and more. These qualities can be asked for someone else, or for the person reciting the mantra.
  • Ayuh is representative of long life.
  • Punya is representative of the merit that is earned from living an ethical life and is said to guide one to a life that is happy and long.
  • Jnana is representative of wisdom, which is something we all seek.
  • Pushtim is representative of abundance or an increase in wealth.
  • Kuru is said to be a mythical land located in the northern regions of the Himalayas but can also be taken to mean “make it so.”
  • Svaha is said to be representative of “allow the meaning of this mantra to take root in my mind.”

Whether recited for oneself or to entreat Tara to guide a friend, relative, or teacher to good health and prosperity, the White Tara mantra is a powerful and all-encompassing mantra.

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