Five Female Buddha Mantras and Stories
Counterparts to the Five Dhyani Buddhas
The female buddhas are generally less well known than their male counterparts. However, the masculine buddhas all have feminine consorts with their own characteristics and mantras. When taken together, the masculine and feminine forms are a balanced whole.
This article includes the five female buddhas associated with the Five Dhyani buddhas: Pandavarasini (counterpart of Amitabha), Locana (counterpart of Akshobhya), Mamaki (counterpart of Ratnasanbhava), Tara (counterpart of Amoghasiddhi) and Akasadhatesvari (counterpart of Vairocana).
Pandavarasini: Queen of the Lotus
Pandavarsini is the consort of Amitabha, one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas. The five Dhyani Buddhas are said to have existed since the beginning of time. They represent or symbolize divine principles or forces. They are self-born. The word dhyani is derived from the Sanskrit dhyana meaning “meditation.” The Dhyani Buddhas are also called Jinas, meaning Victors or Conquerors.
Pandaravarsini’s name means the White Robed One. This suggests that she is vested with purity. Pandaravarsini’s mantra is “Om Padmadevi Pushpadevi Pam Svaha.” Padma means a lotus flower and devi means a goddess or queen. Pushpa also means a flower. This mantra honors Pandaravasini as the goddess of the lotus and of flowers.
Mantra for the Female Buddha Pandavarasini
Characteristics of Pandavarasini*
Seed Syllable: PAM
Name: White-Robed One
Locana: Buddha of Mirror-Like Wisdom
Locana (sometimes spelled Lochana) is a female Buddha who is the feminine counterpart of Akshobya, one of the five Dhyani Buddhas. Her name means “The One with the Eye,” or the “Clear Visioned One.” She is associated with pure awareness, she represents the pure, simple, direct awareness of things as they are.
Locana’s mantra is “Om Vajra Locana Lom Svaha.” Vajra means a thunderbolt or mystical weapon. Lom is the seed syllable for Locana. Seed syllables are the fundamental essence of a being or vibration. Learn more in the article One Word Mantras.
Mantra for the Female Buddha Locana
Characteristics of Locana
Mudra: Supreme Giving
Seed Syllable: LOM
Animal: Polar Bear
Name: Clear Vision One
Female Buddha Mamaki: Mine-Maker
Mamaki is the female Buddha who is the consort of Ratnasambhava, one of the Five Dyhani Buddhas. Ratne means jewel. Suratne means a good or virtuous jewel. Mung (or mam) is the seed syllable of Mamaki. Her name means “mine-maker”, or she who makes everything her own.
Lyrics for this mantra to Mamaki:
Mamaki, Mamaki, Buddha Mama (2x)
Om Ratne Suratne Mung Svaha (2x)
Buddha Mama Mamaki Buddha Mama (2x) Lyrics:
Mantra for Mamaki
Characteristics of the Female Buddha Mamaki
Seed Syllable: MAM
Tara: Female Buddha Savioress
Tara is a Buddhist deity known as the goddess of liberation. In the Tibetan pantheon of deities, Tara is the consort of the Dhyani Buddha Amogasiddhi. Tara means “star.” The word-name Tara is variously interpreted as Shining Star, Liberator, Savior, or One Who Ferries Across. Tara is the most powerful female deity in the Buddhist pantheon.
Tara exists as a goddess in many other traditions and countries, including Hinduism, Polynesian mythology, Druidism, Finland (Tar, Woman of Wisdom), Roman mythology (Terra, Earth Mother), and South America (the goddess Tarahumara).
There are 21 major forms of Tara, sometimes associated with colors. The Taras are a set of Bodhisattvas with varying qualities. Some of the more well-known are the following:
Green Tara: embodies compassion
Red Tara: a fierce goddess who magnetizes all good things
Black Tara: associated with power
Yellow Tara: associated with wealth and prosperity
Blue Tara: transmutation of anger
Tara is a Bodhisattva of compassion in action who manifests in female form. This mantra is called the Green Tara Mantra, a traditional Buddhist chant. The central part of Tara’s mantra is a loving play on her name. The variations of her name represent three progressive stages of salvation.
Tāre represents salvation from mundane dangers and suffering. Tuttāre represents deliverance into the spiritual path conceived in terms of individual salvation. Lastly, Ture represents the culmination of the spiritual path in terms of deliverance into the altruistic path of universal salvation – the Bodhisattva path.
Mantra to Tara
Characteristics of the Female Buddha Tara
Chant to Akasa Dhatvisvara, the consort of Vairochana. Her name means “the sovereign lady of the sphere of infinite space.” She holds a blooming lotus in each hand and is associated with the symbols of the dharmacakra (the wheel of dharma) and the vajra-bell (lightning bell).
Symbol: Crossed Vajra
Mudra: Ringing Vajra Bell
Seed Syllable: TAM
Overcomes: Envy & Fear
Function: All Functions
Wisdom: All Phenomena
Name: Shining Star
Akasadhatesvari: Sovereign Lady
Akasadhatvisvara is the female buddha who is the consort of Vairochana. Her name means “the sovereign lady of the sphere of infinite space.” She holds a blooming lotus in each hand and is associated with the symbols of the dharma cakra (the wheel of dharma) and the vajra-bell (lightning bell).
In mandalas of the five dhayani buddhas and their consorts, Akasadhatesvari sits in the center of the mandala. Thus, she embodies and harmonizes the qualities of all of the female buddhas as well as their male counterparts. She is said to ride a lion. This may be a reference to the “lion’s roar” which is a the proclamation of the truth of the Buddha’s teaching.
Mantra for Akasadhatesvari
Symbol: Wheel of Dharma
Mudra: Turning Wheel
Seed Syllable: AM
Name: Sovereign Lady
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Female Buddha Article Summary
This article features the five female buddhas that are the counterparts to the Five Dhyani Buddhas. Each of these female buddhas have their own seed syllables, symbols, and other characteristics. The articles provides a description of these Buddhist deities with sound tracks as examples of mantras to each of them.
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