The Sadhana of the Heroic Red Tara


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The Sadhana of the Heroic Red Tara
According to the lineage of Suryagupta

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Taking Refuge NAMO GURU BEH NAMO BUDDHA YA NAMO DHARMA YA NAMO SANGHA YA
(Repeat 3x)

I take refuge in the Guru I take refuge in the Buddha I take refuge in the Dharma I take refuge in the Sangha
(Repeat 3x)

Generating Bodhicitta SANG GYE CHO DANG TSOG KYI CHOG NAM LA JANG CHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHI DAG GI JIN SOK GYI PAY SO NAM KYI DRO LA PAN CHIR SANG GYE DRUB PAR SHOG
(Repeat 3x)
I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the positive potential I create by practising generosity And the other far-reaching attitudes, May I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings.
(Repeat 3x)

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JE TSONGKHAPA’S GURU YOGA (GADEN LHAGYAMA)
[We visualize Lama Tsongkhapa and our Guru as one while reciting the Guru Yoga and Migtsema. This taps into the merits and blessings of the lineage so that our practice of Red Tara becomes successful.]
Invocation GA-DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KA NEY RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-DZIN TSER CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG SEY-DANG CHE-PA NE-DIR SHEG-SU SOL From the heart of the Lord of the Gaden devas (Maitreya Buddha) emerges a brilliant white cloud, Like a great mass of fresh yoghurt. Atop sits Tsongkhapa all knowing, King of Dharma; We request your coming to this place along with your great disciples.
Requesting to Stay DUN-JYI NAM-KHAR SING-TI PEE-DEE TENG JE-TSUN LA-MA JYEH-PI DZUM-KAR CHYEN DAG-LO DE-PE SO-NAM SHING-CHOG TU TAN-PA JYEH-SHIR KAL-DJAR JUG-SU SOL My Lord Guru is seated before me upon a lion-throne, lotus and moon cushion. His body is white and he smiles blissfully. Please remain many eons and serve as the great merit field for the growth of my mind’s faith, And for the increase of Lord Buddha’s teachings.
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Prostration and Praise SHE-JYEH CHON-KUN JAL-WEY LO-DO THUG KAL-ZANG NA-WEY JYIN-JUR LIK-SHEY SUNG DRAG-PI PEL-JYI HLAM-MER DZEY-PI KU THONG-THO DRAN-PI DON-DHAN LA-CHAG TSAL His omniscient wisdom-mind encompasses all that is existent. His voice is a profound teaching, which ornaments the ear of the fortunate pupil. His body’s beautiful radiance evokes wondrous admiration. To Lama Tsongkhapa whom merely viewing, hearing or contemplating earns one great merit, I make prostration. Offering YIH-WONG TCHO-YON NA-TSOG ME-TOG DANG DRI-JEM DUG-PO NANG-SAL DRID-CHAB SOG NGO-SHAM YIH TUL TCHO-TIN GYA-TSO DI SO-NAM SHING-CHOG CHE-LA CHO-PA BUL I present to you, great field of merit, Tsongkhapa, Beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps, Perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings, Vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.
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Confession DAG-GI TO-MEY DU-NEH SAG-PA YI LU-NGAG YIH-KYI DIG-PA CHI-JYI DANG CHEY-PA DOM-PA SUM-JI MI-TUN SHO NYING-NEH JO-PA TRAH-PO SO-SOR SHAG The unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind, which I have accumulated over a measureless period, especially actions contrary to the three vows (Vinaya, Bodhisattva, Vajrayana), I regret extremely From the depths of my heart, and I reveal each and every such action.
Rejoice NIK-MI DU-DIR MANG-THO DRUP-LA TSON CHO-JYED PANG-PI DAL-JOR DON-YO SHYE NGON-PO CHEY-KYI LAP-CHEN DZE-PA LA DAG-CHAG SAM-PA TAG-PEH YI RANG NGO We totally rejoice in your magnificent achievements, my Lord, Who received numerous teachings and performed the practices with utmost diligence, Who abandoned the eight worldly objectives and made the most meaningful use Of the eighteen opportune conditions during these degenerate times.
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Request to Turn the Wheel of Dharma JE-TSUN LA-MA DAM-PA CHEY-NAM KYI CHO-KU KA-LA CHEN-TI TIN-TIK NEY JI-TAR TSAM-PI DUL-SHIH DZIN-MA LA ZAB-JI CHO-KYI CHAR-PA WHAP-TU SOL All you holy Gurus, unerring in conduct, May you precipitate a rain of realisation of Bodhicitta and Shunyata from the clouds of all-knowing compassion which fills the Dharmakaya sky, Providing for the field of disciples precisely what is needed.
Requesting to Remain NAM-DAG WO-SAL YING-LEY JING-PA YI ZUNG-JUG KU-LA CHAR-NUB MI-NGA YANG THA-MAL HNANG-NGOR ZUG-KU RAG-PA NYI SEE-THEE BAR-DU MI-NUB TAN-PA SHUG May the Vajra body of Tsongkhapa created from the purity of clear light, Free of the rising and setting of cyclic existence but Visible to the ordinary viewer only in its unsubtle, physical form Stay on unchanging, without waning, until Samsara ends.
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Dedication DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG CHE-PA JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHOG May this merit accumulated by myself and others, Beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma And especially may the essential teachings of The unerring master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.
Mantra of Je Tsongkhapa (Migtsema) MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)
Je Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the holy Masters of the Land of Snows, You are Avalokiteshvara, great goldmine of Compassion untainted by ego’s delusion. You are Manjushri, great Master of stainless wisdom. You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of demons. At your feet, famed Lobsang Drakpa, I humbly bow And earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment.
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)
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Dissolving Je Rinpoche into Ourselves PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE DAG-SOG CHI-WOR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE KU-SUNG THUG-KYI NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL Dear worthy root Guru, please ascend the lotus seat Atop the head of myself and the other beings, And in your great kindness please remain with us. Bestow upon us the blessings of your body, speech and mind.
PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE CHO-DANG THUN-MONG NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL Precious, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat Within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please grant us your blessings For our temporal success and for the supreme attainment.
PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG Beloved, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat Within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please stay on until we achieve The great goal of Enlightenment.
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SELF-GENERATION AS HEROIC RED TARA
[If one has received the initiation of Red Tara, the description below is the visualization of ourselves as the deity Red Tara. How this is done is that we visualize that our perspective has altered to that of the seed syllable OM in the heart of Red Tara, looking out. In other words, we have become one with the seed syllable OM and we imagine looking out from the syllable.
If one does not have the initiation, we visualize Red Tara as an external deity. We can read the description to engage in the visualization and extend the visualization during the mantra recitation. The reason for the generation as Red Tara is to get closer to Tara and gain her attainments and eventually become one with her.]
From the sphere of Emptiness on a yellow lotus and moon seat appears a red OM syllable. OM completely transforms into me as Venerable Heroic Red Tara. My body is red in color with one face and four pairs of arms. My first two hands hold a vajra and a bell and are joined at my crown to proclaim the Dharma in the mudra of great joy. The second pair holds an arrow and a bow. The third pair holds a wheel and a conch. The fourth pair holds a wisdom sword and a noose. I have a peaceful expression and sit in the vajra posture. I am clothed in silken garments and adorned by precious ornaments, with a halo of moonlight behind my body. A white OM marks my crown, a red AH my throat and a blue HUM my heart.
Praise Homage to you, the Swift One, the Heroine, Whose eyes are like an instant flash of lightning, Who arose from the open corolla Of the lotus face of the Lord of the Three Worlds.
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Reciting the Mantra At my heart is a moon disc marked by the syllable OM, with the mantra circling clockwise around the circumference of the disc.
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TRE DATU VASHAM KURU SOHA
(Recite 21x, 108x or as much as possible)
DEDICATION
[The recitation of the dedication verses is to seal the merits accrued while engaging in Red Tara's practice so that the results of virtuous deeds do not get destroyed by a moment of anger. The merits accumulated are necessary for understanding the Dharma, transforming the mind and gaining spiritual attainments.]
Completion Dedication JANG-JUB SEM-CHOK RINPOCHE MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE-GYUR CHIK KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG May the precious Bodhi-mind, Where it is not born arise and grow May that born have no decline But increase forever more.
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