Sunday, March 11, 2012

White Tara Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Mama Ayuḥ Punya Jñānā Puṣtiṃ Kuru Svāhā (Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh.

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White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar) is sometimes called the Mother of all Buddhas and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color signifies purity, wisdom and truth.
In iconography, White Tara often has seven eyes in addition to the usual two, she has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet. This symbolizes her vigilance and ability to see all the suffering in the world. The "Tara of Seven Eyes" is the form of the goddess especially popular in Mongolia.

White Tara wears silk robes and scarves that leave her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. Like Green Tara, she is richly adorned with jewels.

White Tara is seated in the diamond lotus position, with the soles of her feet pointed upward. Her posture is one of grace and calm. Her right hand makes the boon-granting gesture and her left hand is in the protective mudra. In her left hand, White Tara holds an elaborate lotus flower that contains three blooms. The first is in seed and represents the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second is in full bloom and symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and signifies the future Buddha Maitreya. These three blooms symbolize that Tara is the essence of the three Buddhas.

In religious practice, White Tara is believed to help her followers overcome obstacles, espeically those that inhibit the practice of religion. She is also associated with longevity.

The most widely known forms of Tārā are:

Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity

White Tārā, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra

Red Tārā, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things

Black Tārā, associated with power

Yellow Tārā, associated with wealth and prosperity

Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger

Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā

Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the teak forest), who appeared to Nagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the "22nd Tārā."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Green Tara!


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The secret words of the Joy Mantra on "dalieh du dalieh dulieh souha" is the Green Tara mantra of Tibetan Buddhism sung by Chinese artist Su Ching-yen.

In Tibet "Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha"
In Sanskrit "Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Svāhā"

Tibetan culture, and some others, green is considered to include all the other colors.

The practice of Green Tara helps to overcome fear and anxiety, but devotees also believe that she can grant wishes, eliminate suffering of all kinds and bring happiness.

When called upon, she instantaneously saves us from eight specific calamities. (Another lineage describes 16.) The First Dalai Lama lists the 8, and interprets them as representative of corresponding defects, flaws, or obscurations: 1) lions and pride 2) wild elephants and delusions 3) forest fires and hatred 4) snakes and envy 5) robbers and fanatical views 6) prisons and avarice 7) floods and lust 8) demons and doubt



OM represents Tara's sacred body, speech and mind.

TARE means liberating from all discontent.

TUTTARE means liberating from the eight fears, the external dangers, but mainly from the internal dangers, the delusions.

TURE means liberating from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion.

SOHA means "may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind."


Thanks to all Divine Artists around the world that were used in the making of this educational/non-profit meditation tool video in these Kali Yuga times.

According to Tibetan Buddhism's beliefs, this mantra can not only eliminate diseases, troubles, disasters and karma, but will also bring believers blessings, longer life and even the wisdom to transcend one's circle of reincarnation.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An interview with Lars Jansson

 Lars and Harvey Mason

Jan.s:   Lars, you are a composer and a jazz pianist. To begin with, would you like to share with us your project 'What's New’?

Lars: Whats New was my first trio recording with my son Paul Svanberg, drums and Danish bass player Thomas Fonnesbaek. That CD consisted most of standards and a few own compositions. Last month this year I recorded with the same trio a new upcoming CD with new original music of mine. "A gentle heart" Lars Jansson Trio (Spice of Life) 

Jan.s:  Lars, the first image I remember seeing of you on your myspace page was of you sitting in zazen....the formal Zen medtation practice.  Has practicing zazen influenced your playing, composition, music?

Lars: Of course, everything in life affects your music and the opposite; through music you learn more about yourself and life.

Jan.s:  I recently viewed a wonderful video of a Yabusame performance in which your music 'Under the Bodhi Tree' is used.  Can you tell us about your involvement with this project? 

Lars: Yabusme ask the permission to use my music and I said yes. The greatest thing for a composer is when somebody wants to play or use for music in a good context. 

Jan.s:   During your career, you've accompanied a number of great singers and have recorded an album with Soren Lampe, 'Not Too Fast' where you've also collaborated on a number of tracks with Soren. On a youtube video it's clear that you have a lot of ease in working together.

Lars:    Sören is actually an amateur singer but a great friend and a beautiful person. He likes to do recordings now and then.

During this recording I got to know my bass player Thomas Fonnesbaek who now is a steady member of my trio. These days I do duo concerts with Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg, and Swedish singer Karolina Vucidolac who wrote texts to my songs in portages.  

Lars and his Grandchild, Hilda.

 Summer house in vinter

Many thanks to you Lars for sharing your time with me. jan.s

All photos: Courtesy of and copyright of Lars Jansson