Sunday, May 9, 2010

Green Tara

The Bodhisattva Tārā was born from the tears of Avalokiteśvara as he looked down on the sorrows of the world. Her name comes from the Sanskrit word Tāra and means literally: carrying across, a saviour, protector; a star, shining. Tārā is usually depicted with the Tathāgata Amitabha in her headress. Green Tārā is also sometimes called Ārya or Noble Tārā. In Tibetan she is Drolma (sgrol ma).
Despite the connection with the Padma family via Amitabha and Avalokiteśvara, she is also considered member of Amoghasddhi's Vishvavajra family, as she appears as his consort or prajñā in yab-yum (father-mother) depictions.
Her right hand is in the mudra of giving, and her left hand the mudra of fearlessness through going for refuge to the three jewels. Her left leg is tucked up in the meditation posture and her right leg is stepping down into the world. The left leg symbolises her meditation, while the right symbolises her compassionate activity in the world.
White Tārā is the most common form of Tārā after green.