True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - White Tara
|On Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017, 2:00pm, at Guang Long Banquet Hall, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a White Tara Ceremony followed by the empowerment of White Tara Principal Deity Practice, Longevity Practice and Purity Restoration Practice (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSonbYoE-ip1YaYOVEAu8jw/live or https://tbsec.org/%E6%B3%95%E6%9C%83%E7%B7%9A%E4%B8%8A%E7%9B%B4%E6%92%AD/English )
【White Tara Mudra :】
Interlace the fingers of both hands inwards. Place the middle fingers upright touching and point the index fingers apart. Touch the thumbs lightly against the middle fingers. Hold the mudra in front of your chest.
【White Tara Seed Syllable :】
Dang (white in color)
【White Tara Heart Mantra :】
Long Mantra:「om。da-lie。du-da-lie。du-lie。ma-ma。ah yu。bu-ni-ya。jia-na-bu-ching。gu-ru。so-ha。」
Short Mantra 1:「om。gu-ru。ya。so-ha。」
Short Mantra 2:「om。bie-zha。gu-ru。ya。so-ha。」
【White Tara Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
White Tara is white in color. She has one head and two arms. Her right hand displays the Wish-fulfilling Mudra while the left hand forms the Lotus-holding Mudra and holds three pink utpala flowers; one flower is still in bud, one is partially blossomed, and one is fully blossomed. There is an eye at the center of each of her palms, on the sole of each foot, and at her brow point. She therefore has seven eyes in total. She has the looks of a young girl. Her hair is tied back and a wisp of hair hangs down on the right. She wears celestial garments, a silk skirt, and necklaces made from precious gemstones. She sits with legs in lotus position. There is a moon disc behind her back. White Tara is utterly and indescribably beautiful.
【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma talk - White Tara Background and Key Cultivation Formula】
White Tara is the White Dakini and is also called Seven-eyed Buddha Mother. Her two eyes plus one eye at the brow point, one eye in each palm, and one in the sole of each foot make seven eyes altogether. White Tara is therefore also known as Seven-eyed Buddha Mother. White Tara emanated from a compassionate teardrop of Guanyin and is one of the 21 Taras. Her other epithet is Increasing Lifespan and Deliverance Buddha Mother. White Tara, Longevity Buddha, and Ushnishavijaya are together called the Trinity of Longevity. In Buddhism, White Tara is a deity that cures sickness and prolongs life. The significance of her white color is ''eradication of all calamities.'' White Tara has seven eyes in total. Her third eye, which is located at her brow point, can discern the cause of epidemics and illnesses and she then terminates them.
Out of deep compassion for sentient beings, who are exceedingly difficult to save, two teardrops fell from the eyes of Guanyin. One teardrop transformed into Green Tara and the other transformed into White Tara. As White Tara is a Buddha Mother transformed from the teardrop of Guanyin, White Tara and Guanyin have the same origin and both compassionately save sentient beings. The essential meaning of the color white is eradication of disasters. It means the eradication of calamities and difficulties and the ability to annihilate the evil karmic hindrances of sentient beings.
The essence of the merits, vows, and mantra of White Tara is to end the suffering from illness of sentient beings and eradicate epidemics, contagious diseases resulting from injustice, ignorance, and demonic hindrances. She can also remedy illnesses resulting from poisoning by venomous insects and magic spells. In addition, she can help practitioners eliminate harmful affinities and prolong lifespan. White Tara can liberate sentient beings from the cycle of birth and death in samsara.
White Tara's mantra ''Om。 gu-ru。ya。so-ha。'' should be chanted so that ''gu-ru'' is pronounced separately and distinctly from the syllable ''ya.''
White Tara and Grand Master Lu have a deep and profound affinity. Sheng-yen Lu Book 214 The Sword of the Yogi is entirely the teachings of White Tara. It is White Tara's teaching on Vajrayana precepts. Reading The Sword of the Yogi will strengthen everyone's faith in cultivation.
In the past, White Tara once appeared to Guru Thubten Dargye. She told him to find a person in Taiwan with the last name of ''Luo'' and transmit the dharma to him. Guru Thubten Dargye did in fact go to Taiwan to find this person but was unable to discover his whereabouts. Finally, White Tara descended one more time to tell Guru Thubten Dargye that this disciple was nearby and was actually ''Sheng-yen Lu.'' It turned out that in Taiwanese ''Lu'' is pronounced ''Luo.'' Guru Thubten Dargye suddenly realized what was going on and from that moment on he took Sheng-yen Lu (Thubten Qimo) as his primary disciple, transmitting to him the complete key formulas of inner tantra and the supreme empowerments. The blessing was endless.
Sheng-yen Lu Book 202 Sightings from Thousands of Miles Away records that White Dakini descended on March 1, 2008 and instructed:
If a True Buddha disciple wishes to be born in the pure land he should invoke me with the white seed syllable ''dang.''
I will sit at the crown of the student, connecting channels to channels. The eight apertures of the True Buddha disciple will be closed and only the crown aperture left open. The ''dang'' syllable in the disciple's heart will rise and enter my channel through his crown.
I, White Tara, will fly to Amitabha's Pure Land and in this way the disciple will naturally be reborn in the pure land.
!!Please be aware that before engaging in any True Buddha Vajrayana practices, one must first take refuge and receive the respective empowerment.!!
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