Also known as Drolkar (Tibetan) or Sitatara (Sanskrit), Tara embodies the compassionate activity of ALL the Buddhas (her name means “The Liberator” or “One Who Saves”).  White Tara is especially associated with long life and wisdom. Unlike the green form of this deity, White Tara has seven eyes – one in each hand and foot, and a third eye on Her face – to show that She sees and responds to suffering throughout the universe; and She sits in full lotus posture.

  1. Om:  essence of awakened body; o ( naro)= essence of awakened speech; m =  essence of awakened mind
  2. Tāre:  represents salvation from mundane dangers and suffering.
  3. Tuttāre: represents deliverance into the spiritual path conceived in terms of individual salvation.
  4. Ture: represents the culmination of the spiritual path in terms of deliverance into the altruistic path of universal salvation; the Bodhisattva path, where we connect compassionately with the sufferings of others and strive to liberate them at the same time as we seek enlightenment ourselves.
  5. Mama:  means “mine” & indicates that you’d like to possess the qualities of long life, merit, wisdom, happiness. Ayuḥ: is long life (as in Ayurvedic medicine).
  6. Puṇya:  means the merit that comes from living life ethically, which said to help one to live long and happily.
  7. Jñāna:  is wisdom. And Jñāna are known as the Two Accumulations. In order to become enlightened we need to accumulate merit develop wisdom through deep reflection.  Wisdom can not arise without a basis of merit, but merit alone is not enough for us to become enlightened.
  8. Pustim:  means wealth, abundance, or increase.
  9. Kuru:  is a mythical land to the north of the Himalayas, which was said to be a land of long life and happiness). It’s also a verb form meaning “do it!” or “make it so!”.  The “make it so!” refers back to an increase in wisdom, merit, and long life (for the practitioner). We’re imploring White Tara for these things so that we can gain enlightenment and help ALL sentient beings.
  10. Svāhā:  means: “Hail!”, “Hail to!” or “May a Blessing Rest On!