Goddess Tara is a female buddha and meditational deity and is the most popular goddess in Buddhist religion. The word Tara itself is derived from the root ‘tri’- to cross, the implied meaning: “the one who enables living beings to cross the Ocean of Existence and Suffering.” She represents the fundamental female aspects of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary creatures. Green Tara is Tara’s most dynamic presentation.
Her color represents youthful vigor and activity. The Buddhist Lord of Karma, Amoghasiddhi is also associated with the green color, thus signifying that they belong to same family. This is further affirmation of the perception that the Green Tara is goddess of action. She is often depicted in a posture with right leg extended, signifying her readiness to spring into action. The left leg is folded in the contemplative position on the lotus pedestal, together thus symbolizing the integration of wisdom and art and also signifies that she is fully enlightened. According to belief, from a tear of Avalokiteshvara she came into existence, which fell to the ground and formed a lake. Out of its waters rose up a lotus, which revealed the goddess on its opening.
In an outer sense she removes all the obstacles whereas in inner sense she removes negative imprints and habitual pattern. Her left hand is in the mudra of giving refuge with the thumb and the ring finger joined showing the union of skilful means and wisdom and also she holds the stem of lotus flower.
She is known as Jetsun Drolma in Tibetan, Drolma is the Tibetan for the Sanskrit word Tara. Je means the power to release others and tsun means that she benefits herself and all others. All the actions of the Buddha have exhibited in this female aspect of Buddha.
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