A Brief Tara Practice to Protect from Infectious Disease

Dear Friends,
With the fear and uncertainty of the current world situation, I wanted to offer a Tara practice which my be of benefit to you.  Tara is reknown for eliminating fear, and Jetsun Drolma Ritö Loma Gyönma is one of the 21 Taras.who specifically protects from contagious diseases, pandemics and fevers by destroying them and bringing ease, health, and well-being. Below is her brief practice that you can do specifically to protect and heal oneself and others from contagious viruses. Of course, it is imperative to follow all the guidelines for avoiding infection too!
I will be leading this practice every Tuesday and Friday morning at 8:15 on the Sukhasiddhi Facebook page. Please join me in this prayer for the health of all of us.
Be well and safe,

Lama Dondrup

First, we take refuge and generate bodhicitta with these prayers:

Until enlightenment I take refuge
in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
Through the accumulation of merit and wisdom,
May I awaken for the benefit of all beings.
[Repeat this prayer three times]May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness!
May all beings have no suffering nor the causes of suffering!
May all beings have the supreme bliss which is free from all suffering!
May all beings live in the great equanimity which is free from all attachment and

Then, we visualize Ritö Loma Gyönma in the sky in front of you

Her body of light is yellow-red in color, the color of saffron. She has one face and two arms. She sits on a fully blossomed lotus and moon disk. Her left leg is drawn in close and her right leg is slightly extended. She is adorned with silks and jewels. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity, resting on her right knee with her palm facing up. In her left hand, she holds the stem of a lotus between her thumb and ring finger at her heart. It blossoms near her left ear. On top of the lotus blossom sits a round vessel (zamatog) that holds medicinal herbs.

and offer this praise to her one time:

Homage to Her whose two eyes shine
With the luminosity of the sun and moon.
Who dispels virulent epidemics
With two Hara and with Tuttara.

Then recite her mantra 7, 21, 108 or more times:

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Nama Tare Mano Hara Hung Hara Svaha

As you recite her mantra, clearly visualize her form. From her right eye the light of the sun blazes forth and destroys contagious viruses. From her left eye the luminous light of the moon flows as a stream of rich nectar which heals sickness, contagious diseases, and their causes.

Make prayers to her and receive her blessing. When this process is complete, have conviction that all contagious diseases and their causes are destroyed and see all beings in good health. She then dissolves into light and into you. Rest your body, speech, and mind inseparably with her awakened body, speech, and mind.

She then dissolves into light and into you. Her vajra body, speech, and mind are inseparable with yours.

Finally, dedicate the merit of your practice:

Through this goodness may awakening spontaneously arise in our
streams of being. May all obscurations and distortions fall away.
May all beings be liberated from suffering,
and the stormy waves of birth, sickness, old age and death.