Tara With a Frown

Arya-bhrikuti-Tara, Tara with a Frown (Khro gnyer gyo ba’i Sgrol ma), for protection

Homage to her, who strikes the earth with her palms,
And crushes it mightily under her feet,
Who by HUNG and her wrathful glare,
Rules the beings of the sevenfold worlds.

On an orange lotus, sun and human corpse seat, from AT appears Blue Tara with three faces, black, white, and red. They frown and devour human intestines in their mouths. She has six arms. Her right hands hold sword, hook, and club. The left ones hold skull, noose and Brahma’s heads. She wears a crown and necklace of human heads and is adorned with tiger-skin and snakes. Outside, in the eight directions, shoots of jewel-trees grow. The lord of the type is Amoghasiddhi.

This Tara is called Tara the Wrathful Summoner, or Shaking, Frowning Tara. She is stamping her foot, saying, “Enough with the obstacles to liberation and enlightenment! Enough with suffering! I’m going to destroy these!” Her body is made of black light, and she stands amidst a protective circle. Forming a protective circle of light, she destroys interferences to the flourishing of the Dharma and interferences to the happiness and well-being of sentient beings. These two, the flourishing of the Dharma and the welfare of sentient beings, are linked because it’s through the Dharma existing and flourishing in our world that sentient beings learn how to create constructive karma and thus experience happiness.

What interferes with the flourishing of the Dharma? People who distort the Dharma teachings or who make up their own beliefs, call it Buddhism, and lead people on the wrong path. People who, through their political power, make laws that limit religious freedom, harass the monastic community, destroy monasteries, or burn scriptures also hinder the existence of the Buddha’s teachings. In our world, unfortunately many of these activities are happening.

This Tara helps to prevent such activity. She also confronts and turns back physical obstacles such as disease and untimely death.

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

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