The specific Tara mantra means translated: "OH Holy Mother Tara free me from the 8 great terrors"
Some of the 8 great terrors are "Death by drowning, Death by Fire etc."
This is important to Tibetans because you don't want to be distracted when dying because you need to be focused at death to wind up in a good place in a heaven realm. It is sort of like driving a car or piloting a plane, you need to get good directions and be calm enough to do it properly to get to where you actually want to go.
Either you have to do this yourself or others have to do this for you but usually both.
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|Literal meaning||Amoghasiddhi tathagata|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||Amoghasiddhi Buddha|
|Vietnamese alphabet||Thành Tựu Như Lai|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Үйлс бүтээгч|
|Mongolian script||ᠲᠡᠭᠦᠰ ᠨᠥᠭᠴᠢᠭᠰᠡᠨ|
Amoghasiddhi is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism. He is associated with the accomplishment of the Buddhist path and of the destruction of the poison of envy. His name means He Whose Accomplishment Is Not In Vain. His Shakti/consort is Tara, meaning Noble Deliverer or Noble Star and his mounts are garudas. He belongs to the family of Karma whose family symbol is the Double vajra/thunderbolt.
CharacteristicsAmoghasiddhi is associated with the conceptual skandha or the conceptual mind (as opposed to the non-conceptual or sensational mind). His action towards the promotion of Buddhist paths is the pacification of evils. This is symbolised by Amoghasiddhi's symbol, the moon. He gestures in the mudra of fearlessness, symbolising his and his devotees' fearlessness towards the poisons or delusions.
He is usually coloured green in artwork and is associated with the air or wind element. His season is autumn and his heavenly quarter is the northern buddha-kṣetra called Prakuta.
- "The Five Dhyani Buddhas (Great Buddhas of Wisdom)". Religionfacts.com. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- Mythology of India: Myths of India, Sri Lanka and Tibet, Rachel Storm, Anness Publishing Limited, Editor Helen Sudell, Page 15, Column 2-4, Line 5, Caption, Page 15, Column 4, Lines 1 - 5
- Symbolism of the five Dhyani Buddhas
- Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Amoghasiddhi(see index)