“Green Tara I”
22x30 mixed media on Arches watercolor paper
Be noble like the sun; let even those who resent you for shinning benefit from your warmth.
Tara is the Bodhisattva of compassion. A Bodhisattva similar to a god but more specifically is a soul that has reached enlightenment and nirvana but chooses to remain connected to humanity to bring help and ease the suffering of humanity. The story of Tara is that she was born from a flower seeded by a tear of Buddha who saw how much humans suffered. This image is of the green Tara who is known for being active in the help of others, freeing people from their attachments to pain and bringing them wealth, health, and happiness. In this images Tara is surrounded by 108 eyes which is a sacred number and the same number used on the Mala sprayer beads. Flowers bloom around her and she sits of a lotus. She has eyes in her feet and hands to symbolize that she is always looking to help and always ready to act in the help of those who ask for her aid. Her foot is outstretched and in movement ready to move on behalf of the seeker. The wheel below is a sacred symbol with 8 spokes surrounded by 108 beads. Deer are sacred to Buddha for it was in a deer park where he spoke his first message of enlightenment and freedom from suffering. She is said to be the Mother of all Buddhas.
Her mantra is “om tare tuttare ture soha”.