' SHORT SADHANA OF GREEN TARA '

According to the pure and unbroken
Gelug lineage tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Composed by the First Dalai Lama, Gen-dun Drub
(1391 - 1474 C.E.)

This sadhana practice is intended for those people
who have received this Green Tara Kriya Tantra initiation from a qualified
teacher.


"Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhichitta
To the Enlightened ones, the Dharma and the Spiritual Community
Until Enlightenment I turn for refuge.
By the spiritual energy of this practice,
May I attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all.
[3x]
The Four Immeasurables
May all beings have happiness and its causes,
May they never have suffering or its causes.
May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow;
May the dwell in equal love for both near and far.
[3x]
Everything becomes empty. From within the sphere of emptiness there appears the syllable PAM. This transforms into a lotus bearing the syllable AH. AH transforms into a radiantly white moon-like cushion that covers the stamen of the lotus. Above this is the syllable TAM, the sound of which is the resonance of the ultimate nature of my own mind. TAM transforms into a blue utpala flower marked by the syllable TAM.
Lights radiate forth from the utpala and TAM. delighting all Enlightened beings and fulfilling the needs of all living beings. The lights then withdraw into their sources and the utpala flower together with the syllable TAM transforms into light.
Suddenly I appear (from within the light transformations) as the holy Arya Tara, whose mind is beyond samsara. My body is green in colour and my face reflects a warmly serene smile. My right hand is in the mudra Supreme Generosity and my left in the mudra Bestowing Refuge, the thumb and ring finger of which hold the stem of an utpala that opens into blossom over my left shoulder. I am clothed in silken garments, am adorned by the precious ornaments and I sit in the heroine
posture.
Attained to immmortality, my appearance is that of a sixteen year old. My face is serene yet vivacious, and the syllable OM marks the crown of my head, AH my throat, and HUM my heart.
Invocation of Green Tara
Lights shine forth from the HUM at my heart, inviting Tara of the Rosewood Forest, who, surrounded by a host of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, comes into the space before me.
Absorbing Green Tara into Oneself
DZA HUM BAM HO
The summoned Wisdom Being merges with me inseparably.
Initiation by Enlightened Beings
Once again lights radiate from the TAM at my heart, invoking the Deities of Empowerment.
I request them:
Please bestow initiation upon me.
In response, they come toward me, holding up vases filled with nectars of empowerment, and sprinkle the initiating nectars upon me. The nectars of empowerment enter via the crown of my head, completely filling my body and purifying me of negativities. The excess nectar then overflows from my crown and Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, appears as an ornament above my head.
Thus visualize yourself as a fully empowered Tara.
Consecrating Outer Offerings
Before me appears a set of huge, vast offering vessels made from jewels. Inside of these are the celestially produced substances that in nature are the wisdom of bliss and emptiness, in form are offerings and in function act as objects of the six senses that instill nonsamsaric, transcendental joy.
OM AH HUM
[3x]
Presenting Outer Offerings to Oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for drinking]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PADHYAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for washing]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PÜSHPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [flowers]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [incense]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [light]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA GANDHE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [perfume]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA NAIVIDHYE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [food]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [music]
Praise to oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
Homage to Arya Tara, at whose lotus feet
The gods and non-gods make worship.
Homage to Tara, mother of all Buddhas,
Who heralds freedom from limitation.
Homage to Arya Tara, a beyond-samsara goddess
Whose form is delightful to perceive
And whose precious ornaments shine with splendour
Like stars reflected from an emerald mountain.
Mantra recitation
At one’s heart is a moon disc marked by the syllable TAM with the mantra circling on the perimeter of the disc. As one recites the mantra lights emanate from the syllable TAM and the mantra, performing the various purifications and activities
[as should be learned from the oral transmission].
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA
[108 times or as much as possible]
Presenting Outer Offerings to Oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for drinking]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PADHYAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for washing]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PÜSHPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [flowers]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [incense]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [light]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA GANDHE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [perfume]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA NAIVIDHYE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [food]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [music]
Praise to Oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
Homage to Arya Tara, at whose lotus feet
The gods and non-gods make worship.
Homage to Tara, mother of all Buddhas,
Who heralds freedom from limitation.
Homage to Arya Tara, a beyond-samsara goddess
Whose form is delightful to perceive
And whose precious ornaments shine with splendour
Like stars reflected from an emerald mountain.
Dedication
By this merit may I quickly reach
The Enlightened state of Green Arya Tara,
So that I may lead all living beings without exception
To the same Enlightenment
AUTHOR'S COLOPHON:
[First Dalai Lama's dedication of the merits of composing the sadhana]
By the meritorious energy of my pouring forth
The oral tradition on the practice
Of Arya Tara, the beyond samsara goddess,
May all limitless sentient beings
Be led by the energy of the Enlightened Ones
Until their Buddhahood is achieved"