by Nandi Virakanath
This meditation practice has been prepared from a number of traditional Mahayana and Vajrayana sources.
Establish the ten directions by using the mantra 'Phat' or
Adopt a comfortable meditation posture and allow the breath to
flow freely, you may wish to use the mantra 'HamSa'.
Once the breath is steady and the mind becomes clear of
discursive thoughts allow your normal surroundings to fall away
as all becomes an open clear blue sky.
In front of you appears a upala flower, upon which is a sun
and a moon mat. in the centre of this is a green syllable TAM.
You become one with this syllable.
From the letter TAM rays of translucent rainbow light emanate
into the ten directions.
These rays of light receive the blessings of the hosts of
Dakinis, Gurus, Spirits, Deities both fierce and peaceful of the
three worlds and the three times.
The light rays return and as they merge with you in the form
of the green Tam, you find your self in a new body.
You are now in the form of a beautiful sixteen year old girl,
your body is made of a clear soft green light.
You are seated in the centre of the upala flower floating in
the clear blue sky, around you on the sun and moon mat is
inscribed the mantra;
OM TARA TU TARA TURA SVAHA.
In your heart centre is also a upala flower, and within it is
also inscribed the mantra This begins to rotate and as it does
you hear the sound of the mantra emanating from within your
As each recitation of the mantra rings out it turns into
rainbow light filling your entire body.
In front of you and above appears a clear white cloud. Upon
this cloud stands Avalokitesvara purest white with four arms. In
his lower pair of arms he holds a vase of nectar to his heart,
his upper arms are making the gesture of granting boons and
dispelling fear. He is surrounded by a host of Bodhisattvas.
The beams of rainbow light now begin to pour out of the top of
your head and as they do so they take the form of beautiful
dakinis carrying gifts to Avalokitesvara and his company of
Avalokita is very pleased, and responds by pouring the nectar
from the vase into the crown of your head.. the nectar descends
filling your whole body.
Now the mantra in your heart begins to rotate again, and this
time light rays radiate forth and extend to every being on the
earth below, each ray of light transforms each being into the
image of the beautiful Lady Tara.
Rest for a few moments and gradually allow the image to fade
as you merge into your everyday self.
Recite the mantra Aum x 3
Say 'May all achieve Peace Freedom and Happiness,
Avalokitesvara is often identified with Matsyendranath and/or Shiva. The nectar from the vase could have any particular transformative effect you wish but is normally associated with wisdom-knowledge.