February 5th, 2009 by sabrina
This is the Buddhist Tara, following from yesterday’s Hindu Tara.
Tara is the Buddhist Goddess of compassion. She is said to have been born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara, the Lord of the World. He was looking down from heaven at all the people suffering in the world and he wept to see their pain. From his tears there emerged two Goddesses, the peaceful White Tara and the fierce Green Tara. White Tara represents the day and calm serenity; Green Tara represents the night and helpful activity.
Green Tara is depicted seated on a lotus, but with one leg outstretched and ready for action. She holds blue lotuses, symbols of purity, and she is adorned with jewels. She is a savior Goddess, called on by followers to overcome fears and dangers. White Tara also sits on a lotus, but she is at rest. She is often shown with seven eyes—the usual two, one on her forehead, and one on each of her hands and feet. White Tara is called on to help followers overcome obstacles.
Aside from green and white, other forms of Tara are seen as red (associated with magnetism), black (associated with power), yellow (associated with abundance and generosity), or blue (associated with protection). In Tibetan Buddhism, where Tara is most venerated, she has 21 forms in various colors, as follows:
•Green Tara, the source of all Taras
•The Tara who averts disasters (white)
•The Tara who averts earth-born calamities (blue)
•The Tara who bestows prosperity (yellow)
•The Tara who fulfills wishes (green)
•The Tara who bestows longevity (white)
•The Tara who averts the evil effects of poison (white)
•The Tara who averts destruction wrought by fire (yellow)
•The Tara who averts destruction wrought by water (red)
•The Tara who averts evil caused by wild beasts (blue)
•The Tara who averts evil affecting cattle (red)
•The Tara who averts evil caused by demons (blue)
•The Tara who increases power (red)
•The Tara who increases wisdom (yellow)
•The Tara who averts hell-born calamities (red)
•The Tara who averts destruction caused by wind (white)
•The Tara who averts evil caused by robbers (blue)
•The Tara who averts destruction caused by armies (blue)
•The Tara who averts heaven-born calamities (green)
•The Tara who subdues demons (blue)
•The Tara who heals sickness (green)
Tara’s name means “to cross over,” and other names and epithets for her include:
Ritro Loma Chen
Shen.le Nam.par Gyel.ma
Mother of Perfected Wisdom
Mother of the Buddhas
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