Female Buddha Mantras

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). 

Pandaravasini Female Buddha

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*

Color: Red
Element: Fire
Symbol: Lotus
Direction: West

Mudra: Devotion
Seed Syllable: PAM
Overcomes: Craving
Function: Attracting

Wisdom: Discrimination
Consort: Amitabha
Animal: Phoenix
Name: White-Robed One

*My resource for the female Buddha characteristics in this article and a treasure trove for more information is the book The Five Female Buddhas by Vessantra (Tony McMahon). Vessantra is also the author of Female Deities in Buddhism.

Vajra Thunderbolt Locana Female Buddha Symbol
Vajra: Thunderbolt Symbol of Locana

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

Color: Blue
Element: Water
Symbol: Vajra
Direction: East

Mudra: Supreme Giving
Seed Syllable: LOM
Overcomes: Hatred
Function: Destroying

Wisdom: Mirror-like
Consort: Akshobhya
Animal: Polar Bear
Name: Clear Vision One

Aquamarine Healing Stone for the Throat Chakra

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

Color: Yellow
Element: Water
Symbol: Jewel
Direction: South

Mudra: Earth-Touching
Seed Syllable: MAM
Overcomes: Pride
Function: Increasing

Wisdom: Sameness
Consort: Ratnasambhava
Animal: Camel
Name: Mine-maker

Tara Female Buddha

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). Tara is one of the most important deities in Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. her Tibetan name is Drolma, meaning “she who sees.”

The Forms of Tara

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. 

A Story of Tara

Tara is said to have been born out of the tears of compassion of Avalokitesvara. As he wept, a lake formed. A lotus sprang up. When the lotus opened, the goddess Tara emerged. in one story, Tara existed as a young princess named Yeshe Dawa, which means “wise moon.”

Yeshe Dawa had achieved great results in her spritual practice. A monk suggested that she pray to be born as a man in order to make further progress. At that, Yeshe replied that she vowed to be born as a woman in every lifetime. She also vowed to attain Buddhahood as a woman.

After this declaration, Yeshe enetered a state of uninterrupted meditation for ten million years. This allowed her to manifest supreme enlightenment in many world systems. One of those world systems is ours. In our world system, she manifests as Tara.

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).

Color: Green
Element: Air
Symbol: Crossed Vajra
Direction: Center  

Mudra: Ringing Vajra Bell
Seed Syllable: TAM
Overcomes: Envy & Fear
Function: All Functions

Wisdom: All Phenomena
Consort: Amoghasiddhi
Animal: Lioness
Name: Shining Star

Buddhist Wheel Deity Meaning Article

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

Color: White
Element: Space
Symbol: Wheel of Dharma
Direction: Center

Mudra: Turning Wheel
Seed Syllable: AM
Overcomes: Ignorance
Function: Pacifying

Wisdom: Truth
Consort: Vairocana
Animal: Lioness
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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