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Even the great Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha relied on Mother Tara’s “eight great laughters” to pacify fears, doubts, and demons. Tara is known as the Mother of All Buddhas because it is through Her Wisdom that all beings can attain Enlightenment. Traditionally, the Enlightened female represents “wisdom,” while the Enlighted male represents “compassion.” It is said, in many Tantras, that “all Buddhas relied on Tara.”

“The night preceding his awakening, while sitting under the Bodhi tree, Shakyamuni was attacked by a horde of demons attempting to divert him from his goal. At that moment, Tara appeared, and with eight great laughters made the demons fall to the ground and stopped them from doing harm. The Buddha then placed his mind in a state of perfect meditation and, at dawn, attained awakening. After that, he uttered the Tara Tantra.” — the great teacher Bokar Rinpoche, Tara The Feminine Divine[1]


Buddha, under the Bodhi Tree, is assailed by Mara’s hordes of demons. According to Tara Tantra, it was Tara’s “eight laughs” that dispelled the “eight dangers” faced by the Buddha under the tree.

Part 1 of a 22-part series on the 21 Taras — this introduction and one feature on each of the 21 Taras — covering both the 21 Taras, according to Atish, and the 21 Taras, according to Surya Gupta. (For a summary of the 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta, see our previous 3-part series, here>

Tara’s kind face and her laughter dispell all dangers.

Tara’s Play Mind and the Eight Laughs

What are the Eight Fears Tara obliterates with her Wisdom laughter? When Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree, Mara threw every doubt and fear and seduction at the future Conqueror: charging elephants, demons, armies with weapons, clouds of arrows, and even Mara’s own seductive daughters. Against Tara’s Eight Laughters, all fell as the illusions they are. As Scrooge said to the ghost in A Christmas Carol: “There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” Buddha had realized the Emptiness of all phenomenon.[3]


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By: Lee Kane
Title: Tara’s “Play Mind” — and Her eight great laughters — transforming the eight demons and fears; relying on the Mother of the Buddhas
Sourced From: buddhaweekly.com/taras-play-mind-and-her-eight-great-laughters-transforming-the-eight-demons-and-fears-relying-on-the-mother-of-the-buddhas/
Published Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 17:22:30 +0000

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