- Today is Tara Day (8th day of Lunar) Monday October 3, 2022
- Next Tara Day is November 1, 2022
Tara Days for 2022 (on Western Calendar)
- April 9, 2022 (and April 14 full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- May 9, 2022 (and May 16 which is Vesak Buddha Day, full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- June 7, 2022 (and June 14 which is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- July 7, 2022 (and July 13 which is Asala Dharma Day, full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- August 5, 2022 (and Aug 12 full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- September 4, 2022 (and Sept 10 full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- October 3, 2022 (and Oct 9 full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- November 1, 2022 (and Nov 8 full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
- December 1, 2022 (and Dec 7 full moon which is shared Medicine Buddha / Tara Puja Day)
Meritorious activities for Her day
Her mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha
Any Dharma activity
Vegetarian or Vegan for the day
21 Praises of Tara (below)
Any Tara practice or Sadhana.
Offerings to Tara (seven or eight bowls of water representing the sensory offerings)
Try the 20 minutes Green Tara meditation and practice (below) or the Tara mantra video
Tea or torma activity offering (see simple dedication below.)
Tara’s mantra chanted/sung by Yoko Dharma:
Helpful practice and information links on Tara
- Our special Tara feature section (over 25 features, including some practice tools and help)>>
- Our latest feature on Tara “Tara’s Play Mind”>>
- Guided video meditation on Tara>>
- Tara’s Sutra>>
- Song to Tara feature>> (Full song below as well)
- Stories of Tara’s rescues and saving power>>
- Feature on White Tara (healing)>>
- Our full feature on Tara>>
Tara’s mantra, a complete practice
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
21 English Praises: Singable
Noble Lady Tara we bow to you
Praise to Tara, swift and galant,
your glance that flashes like flares of lightning,
Born from the face of the triple world’s lord,
you rose on the heart of a blossoming lotus.
Praise to you whose face resembles
a hundred autumn full moons together,
Your radiance like the clearest of stars,
blazing with hundreds of brilliant light rays.
Praise to you whose hand is graced with
a lotus flower blue-gold in color,
You show generosity, diligence, fortitude,
patience, serenity, meditation.
Praise to you whose acts are boundless,
the jewel on the great Tathagata’s crown.
You are served by all bodhisattvas,
those who have reached complete perfection.
Praise to you, with HUM and TUTTARA
fulfilling all wishes to the bounds of space.
YOu trample underfoot all seven worlds;
you have the strength to summon all.
Praise! Lady, greatly adored by Anala, Brahma, Maruts, and Shiva.
All the hosts of vetalas and spirits,
ghandarvas and yaksas to you pay honor.
Praise to you, who with TRAD and the PHAT quickly
overthrow schemes and wicked practice.
With rightleg bent and left leg extended,
stamping, you shine amid flames wildly blazing.
Praise to you fleet footed, ferocious,
destroying even the most powerful demons,
your lotus-face and brow deep furrowed
-every foe, how swiftly you slay them!
Praise! Your fingers gracing your heart,
displaying the mudra of the three jewels,
Your wheel, adorning every direction,
a fierce whirling mass of your own self-radiance.
Praise! Blessed with a splendorous crown,
bright, majestic, supremely joyous.
Laughing and smiling, thrum of TUTTARA,
you overcome the realm of demons.
Praise to you! You summon whole legions
of earthly guardians from all directions.
With HUM rumbling deep in your frown,
you free us all from every misfortune.
Praise, Lady, brightly adorned,
the crest on your crown a sliver of moon,
Your locks always graced by Amithaba,
his gleaming light rays endlessly streaming.
Praise to you in a blazing halo
of flames all consuming, apocalyptic,
With right leg stretched out and left leg bent inward,
the whirl of enemies blissfully crushing.
Praise to you, on the ground of earth
striking your palms and thund’ring your feet.
The HUM that streams from your furrowing brow
smashes to dust the netherworlds seven.
Praise, Lady, gracious and blissful,
you who encompass the peace of nirvana.
With OM and SVAHA, in perfect union,
you lay to waste every terrible evil.
Praise to you immersed in bliss,
you shatter the bodies of all your foes.
you shine with the wisdom-syllable HUM,
stamping out your ten-syllable mantra.
Praise Swift One, your foot stomping boldly
sowing the seed of the syllable HUM,
While Meru, Mandara, the Vindva Mountains,
and all the three worlds quiver and tremble.
Praise, Goddess! In your hand is a
deer-marked moon, a lake -like pool.
With TARA twice and then with PHAT,
you neutralize every plague and poison.
Praise! Queen of hosts divine!
Gods and kinnaras willingly serve you,
At play immersed in sheerest joy, you
clear away nightmares, soothe away strife.
Praise to you, clear-eyed, all-seeing,.
like the bright sun, and the full moon.
With twice uttered HARA and then with TUTTARA,
you pacify even the fiercest diseases.
Praise to you of the three-fold nature,
filled with power and boundless grace,
Profoundly swift, your devastation
of hosts of graha, vetala, and yaksha
Root. mantra supreme and joyful praises-
– these are the twenty-one verses of homage.
NOTE: Translation: TTE team: Heidi Koppl, Libby Hogg. Vocal and production: Rodrigo Reijers. mixed by Flin van Hemmen. Courtesy VajraSound>>
20-Minute Tara Meditation
Follow along with Venerable Zasep Rinpoche, author of Tara in the Palm of Your Hand, for a guided 20-minute meditation and practice of Tara
Tea or Torma offering
Bopar Rinpoche, in his wonderful book Tara The Feminine Divine, recommends that in addition to general offerings of water bowls, flowers, incense, that someone seeking a special activity from the great Saving Goddess consider a Torma (cake) offering. Likewise, the same offering can be made as hot tea — traditionally indicating “activity offering.”
After presenting and purifying the offering — OM AH HUM being a widely used purification mantra — he suggests the traditional activity dedication (substitute “tea offering” as appropriate):
“Tara, You who fully rejoice in the mandala creation, consume this well-made offering torma. Give me and people around me: health, life, power, glory, fame, luck, and abundent wealth. Give me the accomplishments of activities, such as purification, increase and others. You who have made the promise protect me, give me the support of all accomplishments. Brush away untimely death and illness, demons and creators of obstacles. Brush away bad dreams, inauspicious signs and unwholesome acts. Make the world happy, the years excellent, the harvest bountiful. Make the Dharma spread, happiness perfect and may all my wishes be realized.”
NOTE: If it makes you feel awkward to demand so many wonderful activities, there’s no need to be. Tara will provide what our karma and our needs dictate.
21 Praises in English (Traditional Translation)
A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible
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