In times of war, everyone should recite the Prayer to Tara Who Liberates from the Eight Fears. This is a simple prayer that anyone can say. It would be good to make this a daily and ongoing prayer. “She, who protects from the eight fears,” has the power to put an end to all wars and conflicts. “She, who shines as a beacon of goodness,” helps us in resolving conflicts peacefully and being more considerate of one another. “She, who closes the gates to the lower realms and leads the way to the higher realms,” brings those who have died in the war to the higher realms or liberation after death. “You are my constant companion. Always protect me with compassion,” means that Tara will always protect you, in this life, in future lives, and the bardo.
When Lord Atisha’s ship was about to sink while crossing the sea, he spoke these words of prayer. This is the prayer that should be recited by the entire community. Because this is such an important prayer, you must understand its meaning. I recite it throughout the day and night. I pray for you all and am always with you. You must practice well in difficult times like these. In short, such prayers will help calm the fighting and may help ease the pride and anger of those who are proud and angry.
I love you! Thank you! Thank you!
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche on March 5th, 2022
PRAYER TO TARA
Who Protects From the Eight Fears
ཨོཾ། འཇིགས་པ་བརྒྱད་སྐྱོབ་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །
OM, JIK PA GYÉ KYOB MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Om! Homage to you, who protects from the eight fears!
TASHI PAL BAR MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Homage to you, who shines as a beacon of goodness!
NGEN SONG GO GEK MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Homage to you, who closes the gates to the lower realms!
TO RI LAM DREN MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Homage to you, who leads the way to the higher realms!
TAK TU KYÉ KYI TONG PAR DZÉ
You are my constant companion.
DA DUNG TUK JÉ KYAB TU SOL
Always protect me with compassion!
All my disciples should recite the Prayer to Tara Who Protects from the Eight Fears and the World Peace Prayer in support of Ukraine. Make good prayers for both countries; pray for peace and happiness for them both. Do not be angry with Russia. Only a few people are responsible for this, but not everyone wants to fight. Encourage others to recite the World Peace Prayer repeatedly. We are currently practicing Yamantaka, as are many practitioners around the world. When you practice Yamantaka, this is how you should reflect: Pray for well-being and peace in the world. Summon the hatred and jealousy of those with evil intentions and offer it all to Manjushri Yamantaka. Not everyone wants to fight. Please pray fervently! Mainly recite the Prayer to Tara Who Protects from the Eight Fears. Many Tashi Delek!
I love you!
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche on February 24th, 2022