Green Tara


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"Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha" is the Green Tara mantra, which means "Om! May a blessing rest on Tara in her three roles as a saviouress"

Tara, whose name means "Star" or "She who ferries across" is the female Bodhisattva of compassion. In Tibetan, Tara is known as "Dolma" or "She who saves". In particular she represents compassion in action, since she is in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings.

Tara's mantra is a loving play on her name. According to Sangharakshita a traditional explanation of the mantra is that the variations of her name represent three progressive stages of salvation.
- Tare represents salvation from mundane dangers and suffering
- Tuttare represents deliverance into the spiritual path
- Ture represents the culmination of the spiritual path

Svaha means "May a blessing rest on!"


(Pronunciation notes - 'a' is like a in father, e is like ay in lay, v is pronounced halfway between the English v and w)