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The 21 Taras (1 to 3)

1.

Homage To Tara NYURMA PAMO

Swift Heroine Who Increases Bodhicitta and Overpowers Obstacles

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE BODHICITTA SVAHA

NYURMA PAMO is semi-wrathful and red in color. She liberates beings from the suffering of samsara and protects them from fear. With her compassionate power, she removes obstacles and increases bodhicitta, awakened heart. Upon her utpala flower is a white conch shell that curls clockwise, symbolizing the glorious sound of relative and absolute bodhicitta pervading the entire world.

Photo Credit: Alan Kozlowski

Photo Credit: Alan Kozlowski

2.

Homage To Tara LOTER YANG CHENMA (VAJRA SARASVATI)

Melodious One, the Treasure of Intelligence

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE PRAJNA HRIM HRIM SVAHA

LOTER YANG CHENMA is peaceful and white in color. She unlocks the treasures of music, art, wisdom, and the four types of knowledge: meaning, phenomena, definitive words, and courageous eloquence. Upon her utpala flower is a clear mirror marked with the syllable HRIM, which radiates light. Her face glows with the white light of one hundred autumn full moons.

3.

Homage To Tara SERMO SÖNAM TOBKYÉ

Golden One Who Increases the Power of Merit

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAHA PUNYE SVAHA

SERMO SÖNAM TOBKYÉ is peaceful and golden yellow in color. Her body radiates light the color of the rising sun, empowering practitioners to enact oceans of bodhisattva activities. She bestows wealth and longevity and liberates beings through the six paramitas: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditative stability, and transcendent wisdom. Upon her utpala flower is a wish fulfilling-jewel that showers down whatever one desires.

Photo Credit: Alan Kozlowski