Tara Dispeller of Sorrow

Arya-shoka-vinodani-Tara, Tara Dispeller of Sorrow (Mya ngan sel ba’i Sgrol ma)

Homage to her, who spreads boundless joy
From the sparkling garland of lights on her crown.
With great peals of laughter from the syllables TUTTARE,
She brings demons and the world under her control.

On a red lotus and moon, from SA appears Red Tara with four arms. The first pair of hands are on the crown of the head with palms folded. The second pair hold a sword and the branch of an Asoka tree with red blossoms. The lord of the type is Amoghasiddhi.

Her specialty is destroying maras, controlling the world of sentient beings, and fulfilling all wholesome wishes. This Tara will help fulfill our virtuous wishes, especially by instructing us on how to create the causes for happiness. Her ritual is for entering the mandala.

This verse praises her diadem, or crown, and her laughter. Understanding the aspirations and dispositions of various disciples, she radiates light from her crown that outshines other teachers with incorrect views. Laughing, she utters tuttara — “to liberate” — and brings the maras and the eight great gods of the world under her control by diminishing their pride.

Iconography by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
21 Taras by Indian artist VV Sapar.

Sources: Khyentse Foundation.
“How To Free Your Mind” by Thubten Chodron.