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Green Tara Mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

In Tibet, om tare tuttare ture soha is an ancient mantra that is related to Tara, the “Mother of all Buddhas,” and especially to her manifestation as Green Tara. In this post you will learn who Green Tara is, what her mantra means, and how to say it in Tibetan.

*2020 Coronavirus Note: During these uncertain, troubling days, His Holiness the Dalai Lama — when asked for spiritual advice on the pandemic — suggested that chanting the Green Tara mantra could be helpful. (You can hear His Holiness chant the mantra in an audio below, and learn how to say it for yourself in a video below.)

Green Tara
Green Tara, from an applique thangkha created by Tibetan artisans at the Norbulingkha Institute.

Tara, who Tibetans also call Dolma, is commonly thought to be a Bodhisattva or Buddha of compassion and action, a protector who comes to our aid to relieve us of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.

Tara has 21 major forms, each of which has a different color and spiritual attribute.

Of these 21 forms, two are especially popular among Tibetan people — White Tara, who is associated with compassion and long life, and Green Tara, who is associated with enlightened activity and abundance.

We usually think of om tare tuttare ture soha as Green Tara’s mantra, although sometimes it is used as the main mantra for all the Tara’s.

Green Tara Mantra
Green Tara Mantra, from ‘Praises to the 21 Taras’ by the Federation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition

Tibetans love to pray and recite mantras, and the Green Tara mantra is one of the main three or four mantras that we say to help ourselves and others. (See our posts on om mani padme hum and om muni muni maha muniye soha, two other very popular mantras. And if you are interested in hearing the otherwordly sounds of Tibetan prayers in monasteries in Tibet, you can learn how to visit Tibet here.)

Basically, any mantra is “a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of ‘creating transformation.’” 1

To better understand the Green Tara mantra, let’s first talk a little about who Green Tara is, and then look at the deeper meaning of the mantra.

Green Tara: Compassion in Action

As we see in the image above, Green Tara is usually depicted as a compassionate being ready to step down from her lotus throne to offer comfort and protection from all of the sufferings we experience in the world.

She is shown “in a posture of ease and readiness for action. While her left leg is folded in the contemplative position, her right leg is outstretched, ready to spring into action. Green Tara’s left hand is in the refuge-granting mudra (gesture); her right hand makes the boon-granting [giving] gesture. In her hands she also holds closed blue lotuses (utpalas), which symbolize purity and power.” 2

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Reciting the Green Tara Mantra: (His Holiness begins the mantra after about the 40 second mark. )

The First Dalai Lama’s Teachings on Tara

The first Dalai Lama wrote that we can call on her to instantly save us from eight particular dangers, each of which represents a corresponding human mental problem:

  • lions — pride
  • wild elephants — delusion and ignorance
  • forest fires — hatred
  • snakes — jealousy
  • robbers — wrong views, including fanatical views
  • prisons — greed and miserliness
  • floods — desire and attachment
  • demons — doubts caused by delusion

Ordinary Tibetans pray to her when we are sick, when leaving for a long journey, or when we hope for success or wealth. His Holiness’ teaching shows us that this is not actually the true purpose of praying to or reciting mantras to Tara.

When we chant the Green Tara mantra, we are not simply asking for Tara’s blessings and help with our lives and our “real world” problems.

Actually, we are also asking to be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom, and to achieve the same enlightened body, speech and mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Green Tara Mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

Meaning of the Green Tara Mantra

A 1987 teaching by Lama Zopa Rinpoche really opens up to us the profound meaning and benefits of practicing Tara’s powerful mantra. 3

Lama Zopa walks us through the mantra in a long discussion on Tara, which we have excerpted and shortened below:

  • In short, om tare tuttare ture soha means “I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones.”
  • The Tara mantra is om tare tuttare ture soha. To explain the meaning of tare tuttare ture: tare means liberating from samsara.
  • Tare shows that Mother Tara liberates living beings from samsara, from true suffering, or problems. You can relate this to the particular sufferings of human beings: birth, old age, sickness and death; meeting undesirable objects and experiencing aversion; not finding desirable objects or finding them but gaining no satisfaction… All these are the problems of true suffering. If you rely upon Tara by taking refuge in her and doing Tara practices—such as the recitation of mantra or praises — with tare, Tara liberates you from all these true sufferings.
  • The second word, tuttare, liberates you from the eight fears. There are eight fears related to external dangers from fire, water, air, earth, and also from such things as thieves and dangerous animals. However, the main dangers come from ignorance, attachment, anger, pride, jealousy, miserliness, doubt and wrong views. These eight disturbing thoughts that you have in your mind are the main dangers… This second word, tuttare, which liberates you from the eight fears, frees you from the true cause of suffering: karma and the all-arising disturbing thoughts.
  • The third word, ture, liberates you from disease. Now, of the Four Noble Truths, ture shows the cessation of suffering, which is the ultimate Dharma. In terms of liberating from disease, the actual disease we have is ignorance not knowing the absolute nature of the I, and all the disturbing thoughts that arise from this ignorance… By liberating us from disease, ture actually liberates us from the true cause, disturbing thoughts, and also the true sufferings.
  • The rough meaning of these three words tare tuttare ture is: “To you, embodiment of all the Buddhas’ actions, I prostrate always — whether I am in happy or unhappy circumstances — with my body, speech and mind.”
  • The final word soha means establishing the root of the path within your heart. In other words, by taking refuge in Tara and doing Tara practice, you receive the blessings of Tara in your own heart. This gives you space to establish the root of the path, signified by tare tuttare ture, in your heart. By establishing the path of the three capable beings within your heart, you purify all impurities of your body, speech and mind, and achieve Tara’s pure vajra holy body, holy speech and holy mind, which are signified by om. Your body, speech and mind are transformed into Tara’s holy body, holy speech and holy mind. This is the rough meaning of om tare tuttare ture soha.

Like om mani padme hum, the Green Tara Mantra is much greater than the sum of its parts, with layers of meaning and benefit that resonate with us beyond what our minds perceive.

By calling on Tara’s protection from danger and from our fears with a sincere motivation to be relieved of our suffering for the benefit of all beings, we can gain the multiple benefits of selfish altruism, and compassionate action, becoming happier ourselves as we help others.

His Holiness the Karmapa reciting the Green Tara Mantra:

Green Tara Mantra-voice by His Holiness Karmapa 綠度母心咒-聲音:法王噶瑪巴


Yolanda at Potala Palace Viewpoint in Lhasa Tibet 2019
Yolanda at Potala Palace Viewpoint in Lhasa Tibet 2019.

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1. Feuerstein, G. The Deeper Dimension of Yoga. Shambala Publications, Boston, MA. 2003. (Via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra)

2. Lama Zopa’s Teaching on Tara – from two teachings given at Kopan Monastery and Himalayan Yogic Institute, Nepal in May 1987. Originally published as a Wisdom Transcript by Wisdom Publications in 1993(Discussion of Tara starts halfway down the page, though full article is wonderful. Discussion of Tara includes a visualization you can practice while reciting the mantra.)

More Resources on Tara


150 responses to “Green Tara Mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha”

  1. Peter Henrik “ the Realized “ Ertner Avatar
    Peter Henrik “ the Realized “ Ertner

    Its a great site u have made

  2. David Edward Keen Avatar
    David Edward Keen

    Oh i found a funny misprint…”By calling on Tara’s protection from danger and from our fears with a sincere motivation to be relieved of our suffering for the benefit of all beings, we can gain the multiple benefits of selfish altruism, and compassionate action, becoming happier ourselves as we help others.”

    It’s meant to say “…gain the benefits of selfless altruism…”

    Thank you so much for this page about Tara. It’s wonderful to learn about it.

    1. Lol I was stumped by what selfish altruism meant. Thanks for the clarity, makes so much sense now.

      1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
        Lobsang and Yolanda

        It’s a great concept!

        1. Can i chant without teacher this mantra
          Om tare tutare ture soha

          1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
            Lobsang and Yolanda

            Yes, definitely, you only need a good intention.

    2. It is meant to be “selfish” altruism, this is not a misprint. “Selfish” in this context is by being altruistic we are in turn benefitting ourselves with merit/good karma and of course the other person. So it was intended to mean “selfish” altruism. By helping others you are in turn helping yourself so this is also called wisely selfish. His Holiness has said, if you are to be selfish, be wisely selfish, meaning be altruistic because this is what creates real happiness.

  3. Debrah Ryker Avatar
    Debrah Ryker

    Great images, the shade and depth of the pictures are breath-taking, they attract you in as though you belong of the make-up.|

  4. Michael Jeffers Avatar
    Michael Jeffers

    I was doing a guided meditation and visualized the noble mother Arya Tara before I knew anything of her. From that moment forward I have studied and followed a Tara practice. Thank you for adding to my knowledge. It is hard to find practitioners of the Tara in the US.

  5. Can we chant the same in rudraksha beads

    1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
      Lobsang and Yolanda

      Sure you can use any beads you wish.

  6. stanzin gurmet Avatar
    stanzin gurmet

    Hello everyone..
    Thanks for Beautiful mantra and sharing it’s meaning.. mean while I m tested covid positive and would like to chant this mantra for myself and others Also who suffer during this pandemic.. I m trying to chant it more n more but how to know it when it 108 .. is there anything, any technic to count 108..
    Please let me know, its really helpful for us like me..

    From Ladakh

    1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
      Lobsang and Yolanda

      We are very sorry to hear that you are COVID positive and send our prayers to you. To count your mantras, you can use the trengwa (mala). We have a post about how to use the trengwa. https://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/week-four-trengwa.html

    2. Jason Scully Avatar
      Jason Scully

      I discovered this bodhisattva in 2015 in a time of great turmoil in my life and she continues to play a prominent role in my personal dharma and meditation practice.
      It has not been consistent nor smooth but she remains, where as other things fade. I
      have a long way still but pray I might achieve samadhi with her during meditation. My practice is unusual in that I draw elements from Theraveda, Zen which is typically mahayana and a bit of Chinese Taoism.

    3. There are also beautifully sung mantras by Ani Choying Drolma and others on YouTube.

      I also was visited by Tara (whom I believe to be Tara) in an extremely beautiful and happy golden form, before I knew about her. I had been immersing myself in the chanting for a number of days simply because it was so beautiful.

      After noting her headdress, I looked her up (although the headdress is smaller/higher in her visiting form).

      Thank you also for the explanation by opnandan – so important and much appreciated. The only way to truly understand, of course, is to be enlightened! And perhaps that is what “Tara” at its base may really mean – to take us from darkness to light, or take us from not knowing our true self, to knowing our true self.
      So refreshing to come across this discussion 💕

  7. Linus anyanwwu Avatar
    Linus anyanwwu

    Am a Christian, though likes spiritual teaching that can uplift my seek for knowledge of good and love to the world ,please help teach me about green TARA,and it’s mantra,is the mantra 21 or the forms of Tara

    1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
      Lobsang and Yolanda

      Hi Linus, We appreciate your open mindededness and open heart. You can find posts about Green Tara and White Tara on our yowangdu.com website. Just search for Tara. Cheers.

  8. Hi Lobsang and Yolanda,
    Thank you so much for this entry. Your website has been wonderful for me as I deepen my spiritual practice. One question I have for you is… If you find yourself flowing into a new rhythm as you repeat the mantra, for instance, instead of “om tare tuttare ture soha,” your flow becomes….”Om tare ture soha” or “tuttare ture soha.” Does this kind of chanting still communicate strong meaning (through the power the words hold individually)? Even if your word order diverges from how the Green Tara Mantra is traditionally chanted?
    Thanks kindly!

    1. opnandan Avatar

      Perhaps you need to know that the site has given a wrong interpretation/ meaning of Tara Mantra. This mantra which is in Pali language has an origin of Sanksrit. In Sankrit the mantra means “O Tara, please keep away the vices, in your auspicious name”.
      TAre = O! Goddess TAra, TuttAre (Du:tAre) = vices, Ture (DUre) = keep away, sOha (su-Aha) = auspiciously called (in your auspicious name).
      Mantra is a meaningful string of words that upon mediation produces the effect. The effect a mantra can produce lies within the consonants, particularly the seed-sound of mantra. You can not randomly break mantra, for it becomes some useless words or become dangerous ones. Example as you have inquired “Tare Ture SOha” will mean O Goddess Tara, Please stay away… Before learning the mantra, you need to learn the meaning of each words and the power of each words. Example word Tara is made of 2 letters Ta and Ra. Ta (pronounced as th of path/bath) means darkness and Ra (pronounced as Ra in Grass) represents fire. Hence the word means destroyer of darkness or fire in the darkness. You are invoking that goddess, which is a fire in darkness, giving you vision and protection. This is the power of word Tara.

      1. David Edward Keen Avatar
        David Edward Keen

        opnandan: Can you please write it in Devanagari here, for reference? Also isn’t स्वाहा suAhA/svAhA ? Just curious!

        1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
          Lobsang and Yolanda

          Sorry, David, we don’t know Devanagari. Best to you.

        2. ॐ तारे तुत्तारे तुरे सोहा

          1. David Edward Keen Avatar
            David Edward Keen

            Ah i’d forgotten asking this hahaha thanks OM SONI! i’ve since learned about it. I’m learning Tibetan…wow it’s strange and beautiful!

      2. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
        Lobsang and Yolanda

        Opnandan, thank you for your feedback. It’s important to know that the Tara mantras, like other important mantras, don’t have one specific, limited meaning. They are very rich and complex. Having said that, we of course stand by the interpretation offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which we discuss in this post.

  9. Pradnya Sakhare Avatar
    Pradnya Sakhare

    I have a question,
    Is it good to hear green tara mantra while sleeping.

    1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
      Lobsang and Yolanda

      Hi Pradnya, sorry, we don’t actually know the best answer to that. We don’t think it can hurt!

      1. Sharon Avatar

        Surely it is all about ‘good intention’, so if for example it is not said 100% correctly, Tara would know we are calling her, you mentioned if it is not said correctly, then it can mean ‘tara stay away, ? That is worrying, surely Tara would already know what is in our hearts and mind,and come to us?

    2. opnandan Avatar

      While sleeping, your subconscious mind will become active. Whatever the information passed to subconscious mind, it will firmly be stored in the memory and will manifest in the life. That is the reason few groups of sadhaka (who practices spiritualism) uses psychedelic substances or practices that can diminish his/her consciousness. When you hear the mantra in sleep, it is more effective than when you hear during conscious state. The actual purpose of the mantra is to keep away one’s 8 vices, such as envy, gluttony, lust etc. Goddess Tara is liberator, her meaning being the one who destroys darkness or the one who aid people in crossing (the period of misery/life/struggles). Chanting before you sleep, or hearing while you sleep will have a higher impact in you than any time of the day.

      1. Sharon Avatar

        Yes I believe so. I have had problems sleeping and I listen to the mantra last thing, before sleep and it helps me sleep and brings me comfort.

    3. Uday krishna Avatar
      Uday krishna

      Sure..you will fall asleep in the lap of mother Tara.
      I have experienced this ❤️

  10. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
    Lobsang and Yolanda

    Hi Angmo,

    How wonderful you are doing daily Tara practice. Sorry, we don’t know how to order poster in India. Warm best to you and stay safe and healthy!

  11. Pls I want to buy mother green tara poster or 21 Tara poster…how to buy this poster ..now I’m in India…and thank you for sharing mother green tara mantra’s meaning.. I’M doing daily Tara practice.. it’s amazing 🙏🙏 I really appreciate each and everyone.. mother green tara la chaktsalo 🙏🙏

    1. Sharon Avatar

      I know it sounds a bit strange, but you can buy on ebay or itsy. 🌹🌹

    2. Natasha Avatar

      You also get it in Nepal. I could also paint one for you if you’d like.

  12. Roshawn Terrell Avatar
    Roshawn Terrell

    Thank you for this article. 🙏

  13. DORJEE Avatar

    resp all,

    i am chanting ,” om mani padme hum” from last many days.
    had been to bhutan. learned abt TARA MANTRA.

  14. Please can I share this invocation to Tari, it is very beautiful and brings a tear to my eye when I hear it. Karmapa Cheno

    1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
      Lobsang and Yolanda

      Of course you can share, Mark. Sorry, we are just seeing this comment! Warm best wishes to you.

  15. Swati Avatar

    What is difference between these two mantras and their benefits… OM KURUKULLE HRIH SOHA & OM TARE TAM SOHA … please explain.. Thanks..

  16. liam mcdonough Avatar
    liam mcdonough

    Hi Again! I just came to say these mantras are very helpful. My uncle had a transplant and These really helped

    sincerely, liam

  17. liam mcdonough Avatar
    liam mcdonough

    wow! this really is the best page ever! I subscribed to you on youtube.

    best wishes to you.

  18. Thankyou for your guidance and for sharing this with us. It allowed a gentle peace, reassurance and creates a space. Thankyou again.

  19. Lisa Rosenkoeter Avatar
    Lisa Rosenkoeter

    Thank you so much for helping me learn these beautiful mantras!! I enjoy them very much, and I love the meaning in each one. This is very helpful.

    With deep gratitude,

    1. liam mcdonough Avatar
      liam mcdonough

      I agree with you Lisa

      sincerely, Liam

  20. Rater Avatar

    Very interesting, I bought a Tara statue along time ago because I thought it looked cool. Several years later a became a buddhist and didn’t realize the beautiful figure a bought meant so much more and was apart of buddhism. This was a great and informative article, thank you.

  21. Hi
    I workship Mother Tare everyday, she’s so powerful helped me in the worst time of my life when i was diagnosed with cancer, she is my refuge and fullfill my heart with her infinite love and compassion.
    yesterday the syllabe Tam appeared by the shelf where the shrine is, and guess that’s the proof my prayers
    have been listened
    Thanks for this mantra

    1. Our best wishes to you, Sophie

  22. Rinchen Norbu Avatar
    Rinchen Norbu

    Why you saints and monk ls are so greedy of money? Most of the prayer have to purchased whats problem of making purchased. People will more happy if prayers books are available by free on net.

    1. Hi Rinchen la, We’re not sure who you are talking about. We don’t sell anything for Tibetan Buddhism. We used to sell our Practical Guide, but now it is free. Did you mean something else?
      Our best to you.

      1. Even if you did charge, that’s ok. Everyone needs to make a living. If being spiritual requires living in poverty, few people would be spiritual.

        1. Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, Susan!

        2. Pranab nag. Avatar
          Pranab nag.

          How & how many times green tara mantra pronounce

          1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
            Lobsang and Yolanda

            Hi Pranab. This post teaches you how to say the green tara mantra. The number of times is up to you. You can say one, or three or 108 or…. Really any number is good, if your motivation is good.

    2. Hi Rinchen – a free book about A different forms of Tara is available from the website Lillian to, or wofs.com, if you would like to know more about Tara that is. Probably you would have to pay for postage, but otherwise the small book is free and I find it very interesting.

      Of course there is also Maharaji (Prem Rawat) who is a living master, who offers Knowledge.

  23. these 21 forms, two are especially popular among Tibetan people — White Tara, who is associated with compassion and long life, and Green Tara, who is associated with

  24. Hi Yowangdu,
    Im really interested in the buddha practice, however

    What should i say before reciting the Green Mantra ?
    And if I’m doing sales job, what should i say ?
    Then how should i recite the mantra ?
    And how many times ?

    What should i say before reciting the Red Mantra ?
    And if i need to attract the person for business discussion, how should i say, or what should i say ?
    Then how should i recite the mantra ?
    And how many times ?

    1. Thiruchelvam Ramaiah Avatar
      Thiruchelvam Ramaiah

      1st belief in you. Your Mind & Soul must be charge with positive energy.
      Which this positive energy will influence people surrounded you with positive though.
      Spend more time in Green Parks. The life trees, flowwer & vegetable can help to enhance your positive into your soul & mind. The rules is simple, its you, positive energy & love. The mantras to path way to achieve this….Peace.

  25. Great page, thank you!

    Your link to Lama Zopa’s talk is broken, but this link works:

  26. I am a Hindu by religion but very much drawn to Buddhism especially Green Tara.LAst year I quit my old workplace to join a new one which I thought would be better but which turned out to be the worst of all my jobs.I had to quit again.And now I am without a job for the last three months and have not received any offers as of yet.I am practising Hindu Shakti chants for the last five years but nothing seems to work.I have at my home a beautiful Tara image.Can I do her mantra and the 21 praises?Will she help me?

    1. Hi Samrat, Sorry we cannot pretend to know exactly, but we do believe that praying the Tara mantra can help you spiritually.
      Our best wishes to you.

    2. Michael Smith Avatar
      Michael Smith

      Hi Samrat, to quote the article, …”Actually, we are also asking to be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom”…

      Don’t lose hope in chanting mantras. It matters not what religion you follow, it is the focussed intent (the thoughts you create) behind the mantra that give it power. Also be sure your thoughts align with the universe’s intent for the greater good of all. Free oneself from attachment, whether it be material, physical or self limiting beliefs and recognize the opportunities that will be thrown in front of you.

      I am a great admirer or Paramahansa Yogananda, I am a great admirer of Buddha and Christ consciousness. I sometimes chant Hindu mantras in meditation (Om Gum Namah to remove obstacles) I sometimes ask Green Tara for help… I get amazing results as I am not attahced to outcome. Hope my two cents help your quest.



      1. Thanks for these helpful comments, Michael.
        Yolanda and Lobsang

      2. Thank u so much Michael and Yowangdo.Michael your words really touched my soul!thank you and God bless!

      3. Bro Michael will chanting the Praises to Twenty One Taras help me overcome my difficulties and obstacles?I must say the Praises are beautiful!

      4. Sharon Avatar

        Many thanks for your comments. Very helpful.

    3. Surya, USA Avatar
      Surya, USA

      Hi Samrat,

      Sorry to know about your predicament; hope you will find a job soon.

      Hinduism makes a very strong case for Self realization. Please do read the Upanishads that exhaustively define both Brahman and Atman and the relationship between the two (Ramakrishna mission offers a book by Nikhilananda for 110 rupees). Doctrines, that Buddhists follow, like Dharma, Karma and rebirth are to begin with are the hindu concepts, and both faiths believe in karma siddhanta to bring an end to the eternal cycle of birth-death-rebirth. Whereas hindus desire for Moksha or mukti, the Buddhists yearn for nirvana as a form of salvation.

      This is a Buddhist website and hope the owners of the site do not misconstrue my objectives in posting this. Shanti.

      1. Thanks for the explanation, Surya. This enriches our understanding.

    4. Andreas Avatar

      What result did you have, would you share?

      1. Hi Andreas, It’s very difficult to talk about results for mantras. The results may manifest many years or aeons in the future. For us, we just pray the mantra with a good intention and this gives us peace of mind that we are going in the right direction. We hope this helps.

  27. Hello, what do you mean by saing that one achieves Tara’s pure vajra holy body?

  28. Denis Smith Avatar
    Denis Smith

    I got a question… Well, first, thanks so much for this space, for so many spiritual information and light for our spiritual practice. About Green Tara meditation, i would like to know: can we use some specific plant, incense, or another element??? i use to put her picture in my altar, but maybe for grattitude i can bring her some plant? Well. Thanks.

  29. […] Green Tara Mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha – … the “Mother of all Buddhas,” and especially to her manifestation as Green Tara. … a Green Lady and in turn I found the Green Tara … meditation and mantras …… […]

  30. Hi Yowangdu,
    I have a few questions to Green Tara reciting.

    – does one need to be sitten upright when reciting ?
    – can one do it was one is walking, jogging or during ones daily work ?
    – I like to chant lying down, it help me to sleep, it that ok ?

    – I was told to recite the mantra 108 time for at least twice daily,
    – is it ok to do less ?

    I live a very busy life taking care of my family and with work. That’s why I was wondering if it’s ok or appropriate to chant well I am walking ?

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Mervin,
      Most important is to have a respectful attitude. His Holiness has said it is okay to recite or pray while walking. Traditionally one would need to be seated properly but in modern times it seems to be changing. Lying down not as clear an answer though again we personally think it is okay as long as your attitude is respectful. Hope this helps.

  31. […] Read more about this powerful mantra here […]

  32. The Green Tara mantra is amazing..
    Thank you for helping us connect to this divine energy.

    South Africa

    1. You are so welcome, Merisha! Nice to hear from you 🙂

  33. emilie gonzales Avatar
    emilie gonzales

    I’ve learned so much in your website..all the best ..and willchanitng Green Tara mantras every night

    1. Thank you Emilie! Best of luck to you!

  34. Thank you Yolanda and Lobsang la for the amazing work, every time I landed to the site, I easily spent hours absorbing your amazing energy and great information. You certainly are great teachers. Just for my curiosity, which teaching do you guys mainly belong to? Gelupa, Kagyu nyingma or sakya? Thanks in advance! Sorry if the Q is too personal. Cheers

    1. Hi Elena, and thanks so much for the kind thoughts. Lobsang comes from the Gelukpa tradition, and Yolanda is really a newbie and generally Gelukpa. Neither of us are proper dharma teachers — just sharing what we know about basic Tibetan Buddhism as it is practiced by normal Tibetan people. All the best to you 🙂

  35. What an amazing day this was. I traveled many miles to see the Maitrea relic tour and receive the blessings. While I was there I saw this green ring and it seemed that I should buy it. Tonight I find that it’s a Green Tara ring. And now I’m doing the mantra and learning about her. What an amazing day! Thank you for the information.

    1. Thanks for sharing your joy, Rajjer 🙂

    2. Sharon Avatar

      I am so happy I have seen your posts…I stumbled upon it whilst looking for green tara chant…many thanxx 🌹🌹🌹🌹❤❤

  36. Tiffany E. Earley Avatar
    Tiffany E. Earley

    Hi there! I love learning about mantras. I’m wondering if there is a book that has mantras written in their tradition language, the pronunciation, and meanings?
    Also are mantras constantly made or are all mantras the same ones that have been around since the Buddha?
    Lastly, if I’m saying a mantra in english with positive intent does it count as a mantra?

    1. Hi Tiffany
      You can find a free booklet called ” chant a mantra” distributed freely by lillian too at wofs.com. It has English phonetics and Tibetan scripts.

      1. Thanks so much, Elena!

  37. Thank you so much for this explanation. I am a new practitioner in New Zealand and this was very helpful following my first prayer session to Tara last night at my local Buddhist centre. Much love and blessings to you xox

    1. So happy to hear this, Majka!

  38. enpath Avatar

    How would one know that reciting the Green Tara Mantra really works?

    1. That’s a good question, enpath. There is no way to know. Each person would have to decide for him or herself if they feel it is helpful.
      Best to you.

  39. Thank you, very powerful. many blessings, always, Sage

    1. Thanks, Sage! Blessings to you.

  40. MAY SIM Avatar


    I am pregnant 4 months now. I would like to know any suitable mantra for me to practice everyday. I want a healthy and easy care baby and a smooth and normal labour later. Please advise.

    Thank you.

    1. Congratulations May, and thank you for your question. We are sorry, but we don’t think we’re qualified to answer this. For ourselves, we would pray any of the basic mantras, like the Avalokiteshvara mantra, or Green Tara or Buddha Shakaymuni, as these are good for many things, but we can’t speak specifically about pregnancy. Also, although you are kind to address the question to “Guru” Lobsang is not a guru, just a basic Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. We wish you the best of luck and are truly sorry that we can’t help more!

      1. Just my personal experience for my 4 children, we recited Vajrasattva mantra to purify the karma and chanting green Tara mantra daily dedicate to the babies, family and beings around our family. It worked for me perfectly. Good luck.

    2. melanie Avatar

      Yea I just want a mantra for morning sickness (early pregnancy sickness) cause it is SO bad right now 🙁
      xxxx hope your pregnancy is going well May

      1. Hi Melanie, We are sorry to hear that you don’t feel well. For mantras, we don’t if there is one specifically for morning sickness. When Tibetans are sick normally we recite one of the Tara mantras.

  41. MAY SIM Avatar

    Hi, guru,

    I am pregnant with 4 months now. I would like to practice any mantra which suitable for me. I would like my baby to be healthy and easy to care later and a smooth and normal labour later. Please advise.

    thank you.

  42. Thank you! I only got one question, does this mantra work for love too?

    1. Sorry, Saveli, we really don’t know the answer to this. Best to you!

    2. Try Kurukulle mantra : om kurukulle hirh soha
      Or red tara mantra: om tara tam soha.
      These are two mantras traditionally associated with love. And I swear by Green Tara for swift actualizations to your wishes, always nice to chant praise to 21 Tara and Green Tara mantra, works perfectly for many ppl I know. Good luck.

  43. I am British but was lucky enough to learn om tare tuttare ture soha and om mani padme hum from my father when I was young, so I’ve used them automatically in bad times for a many years. But I’ve been without a Buddhist community for a long time too. Thanks for teaching me more about them and Tara today, your website is a wonderful connection to Buddhism for me.

    1. Oh, thanks, Kazmin! We’re so happy to hear this 🙂 Welcome to the community here!

  44. Its been few months since i am having bad dreams nd obstacle in my daily life .. I start recite of dolma nd guru mantra.

    1. May your obstacles be lifted, Dolker.

  45. Very interesting I believe green Tara may have come Into my life and I just caught on early this evening

  46. Very englightning! Thnk u very much.i recite mantras of cherenzi n guru rimpoche too.can we just focus on one boddhisatva as all n recite any one particular mantra or recite all of them in a prayer sessionwould llke to know how it effects reciting mantras before and after getting empowerment from a guru.

    1. Thank you Yangchen la,
      For the mantras, you can recite one for a whole prayer session, or a mix of two or more, as you feel motivated. The mantras have more effect after you receive the transmission from a guru, though of course we can say all these basic ones without receiving them from a guru, too, if need be. All the best to you!

  47. […] again offering Mantras and Seed Syllables. ‘Om Mani’  ‘Tara‘ Etc,. Proceeds will go to ‘Rokpa’. I will be tattooing walk ups , However if […]

  48. Sonam Tobgay Avatar
    Sonam Tobgay

    Thanks for the information………..

    1. You’re welcome, Sonam la!

  49. can u say mantra to see report pls

  50. […] Green Tara is a powerful bodhisattva of liberation and compassion. You can call on this superheroine when you are suffering or need guidance; but as this post from Tibetan culture site Yowangdu explains, Green Tara’s true power lies in helping you help yourself. […]

  51. A wonderful discussion on Tara, who is veryimportant in my life. Many thanks namaste

    1. You are so welcome, Lee 🙂

  52. Hi,Yowangdu
    i am very happy to find this websites in internet.. i was going through the meaning of seven bowls of water and Budha helped me to find your site.. it was really a mesmerizing and very useful to me.. i have seen many mantra here in your sites.. which is very use ful to me

    Once again thanks a lot and BUDHA Bless you always

    Madan Gurung from Sikkim

    1. Thanks, Madan! All the best to you.

  53. rigzin gyamtso Avatar
    rigzin gyamtso

    om tare tutare ture soha!!!

  54. Justin Avatar

    “I had a dream last night I went on a pilgrimage to see his holiness The Dalia Lama and I arrived I was in a tree with a Green Lady and in turn I found the Green Tara having never have heard of it before , thank you for having it on your site and allowing others to learn and share this great wisdom . Namaste

    1. You are so welcome Justin 🙂

  55. […] The Tara mantra contains layers of meaning, but roughly translated means, “I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones” (from https://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/green-tara-mantra.html) […]

  56. […] this is interesting to me. this image is painted in the downstairs hall of the Buddhist Studies Department. the Tibetan mantra reads: OM MANI PADME HUNG and is the mantra for Padmasambhava, who is not pictured here. I’m not sure who this is, because the image is not Tibetan but rather a Chinese caricature, but judging by the placement of the feet on the lotuses and the partial mudra made by the right hand, this could be Tara, whose mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA and can be seen here: https://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/green-tara-mantra.html […]

  57. Nicole Avatar

    I’ve recently started to use mantras and was surprised at how comforting , along with a great peace that it leaves me after.
    My question to you is

    Are there any mantras that can help me find self acceptance and have a more possitive oulook on my self. As this is a large journey for myself. I feel prehaps mantras would be a great guide to contuine through out my lifetime.

    thankyou for any support you can give me


    1. Hi Nicole,
      We are so happy this mantra is useful for you. We hesitate to give any kind of advice about these spiritual matters since we are just normal people and not any kind of gurus. In general, you may like to recite “Om mani padme hung”, as this mantra is associated with compassion, which can apply both to oneself and others. All the best to you!

    2. Brett Miller Avatar
      Brett Miller

      Hello Nicole,
      Tara practice is relatively new to me, as a personal tool on the path, yet relying on Tara has already enabled me to do so much less harm to others already — the reason for the path.

      For my specific ego, and its many flaws, the dharma [and practice of] has been a personal source (generator) of humility and especially patience. Though I understand the importance, I admit it could be years before I truly understand patience. So my self esteem was at times flying around out of control, and now I can sometimes reel it in and see reality now and then.

      Nicole, I believe, it is quite likely, that the answers to finding self-acceptance. In order to practice lojong and relative bodhichitta during post-meditation, one must have a healthy self-esteem. So one must take care of immediate serious needs in order to create the foundation for eventual release of attachment to self? I tried to make sense a little bit, but I am no expert myself. What I meant to say in the first sentence of this paragraph (I can’t seem to backspace in this form), was, “I am quite sure that most/all of the answers to finding self-confidence/esteem are in the dharma. Stay on the path and stay diligent and you will find serenity as your life becomes defined by helping rather than harming the world. I cannot describe the joy that comes when old illusions begin to disperse like raindrops on hot sand.

      I too am not a guru and what helped me on the path may not be exactly the way you need to hear things said or visualized. Yet I feel that I have to share……you see my problem, deep down I feel I need to share, so I can talk too much, hahaha.

      Stay strong and on the path what you give to others will shine out from within you in time.

      Generate (during your meditation) and rely on Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara).

      Sorry this was so long guys…


  58. […] Read more about this powerful mantra here […]

  59. have been cheated on a tenancy contract and now the tenant who sublet his premises to me wants me to vacate. Its a clinic and I had just build it. I am not at peace at all. A jodhidar told me to recite the green tara mantra. Can someone guide.

    1. Hi Mala,
      Reciting Green Tara is pretty much always a good thing to do in our opinion, but generally speaking, one wants to recite these mantras or prayers for your long term mental and spiritual well-being, and also for that of others. We believe that these mantras are not like painkillers that you take and are relieved of pain right away, but rather part of a long-term practice in which we progress to greater spiritual and mental good. Hope this helps!

      1. Brett Miller Avatar
        Brett Miller

        I agree 100% about meditation and mantras not being an ad hoc or PRN (for this case only or “take only as needed) solutions. In fact, I meditated from 1985 – 2010 without really knowning what I was doing. I got only some temporary tranquility. After delving into Tibetan Buddhism, I have been trying to meditate properly and with the proper aims (including keeping on the path during post-meditative life). Since then, I am bored with selfish menial life and find joy in seeing others’ faces light up with happiness. The road is still long, the horizon distant and the path will be walked humbly, one stone at a time.


        PS: sorry for the misspellings and grammatical errors here.

      2. MAla you can recite the 21 praises to Tara.It is considered to be miraculous by many people and gets rid of obstacles and dangers.But remember to dedicate the power of the practice for the benefit of all sentient beings.The rest is Her wish and your karma.Om TAre!

  60. rebecca Avatar

    This mantra has been in my mind for some days now. Thank you for your useful page.

    1. You are so welcome Rebecca!

  61. Randall Avatar

    Thanks so much 🙂

    1. You are so welcome, Randall!

  62. chewang Avatar

    hi ! glad to see this website it is so useful us to understand the true meaning of mantras…
    kindly let me know the more about the mantras of our gurus….

    thank you.

    1. We are glad to hear that from you. Please visit our website from time to time. We will post more mantras in the future. Thank you!

  63. which mantras i can use that my wife can come back and forget about divorce……plz help

    1. So sorry Ramesh, but we really don’t know any mantras for this purpose.

    2. Hi Ramesh,

      If I may, recite the simple yet powerful mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Do this with fervent devotion consistently for a long time. When you feel that it has been long enough then do it some more. If done with sincerity and focus on the devotion and compassion you inherently possess then all will be well. Be honest in the recitation and be true. The outcome of your situation whatever it may be will then be satisfying for you.

      Peace be with you

      And on another note, thank you for the explanations to the mantras on this website. Keep up the great work.


      May All sentient beings feel happiness and the cause of happiness
      May all beings be free from suffering and the cause if suffering
      May all beings never be separated from the great happiness, devoid of suffering
      And may all beings be free from attachment and aversion

    3. rigzin gyamtso Avatar
      rigzin gyamtso

      in my opinion.chanting mantras are good for us..its basically to enable us to remove negativity in us..
      in your case i think it will be good if you find the cause of your divorce and rectify it..if she left there must be some reason ..find that and correct it…just chanting mantras without rectifying one’s wrong views and behaviour is not going to be much of help..be practical man.

      1. Hiii
        I’m Preeti,hindu and belief in green Tara mantra.This mantra change my life,i was always worried about my future,and thought I’m useless but this mantra is magical.Today I have changed and now i do not think of the future just the present,I’m living happily happy.
        Thank you

        1. Lobsang and Yolanda Avatar
          Lobsang and Yolanda

          Hi Preeti, We are glad that you are happy 🙂

  64. Sangeeta Shakya Avatar
    Sangeeta Shakya

    Thank you very much. I pray on tare tuttare ture soha every morning. And when I came to know more about Gren Tara I fell very happy. Everyday I search about Buddha and tara. Please let me know if I can buy online the pictures od 21 taras. Now I am in Canada.

    Sangeeta Shakya

    1. Hi Sangeeta, and thanks so much for your nice thoughts. We don’t know right now where you can buy the pictures of the 21 Taras. If anyone reading this knows, let us know and we will pass it on to you.

  65. Kinga Dorji Avatar
    Kinga Dorji

    Thank you so much. This web has been very useful and helpful to understand the meaning of green tara’s mantra.


    1. You are so welcome, Kinga Dorji la! Please let us know if there is anything special you would like us to post about.

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