"A net of lights shone forth from her two eyes and scanned the three realms of the world to alleviate the suffering of sentient beings."
-- Selected Works of the Dalai Lama: I
Snow Lion PublicationsFeminine aspect of the bodisattva of compassion, "Mother of All the Buddhas," Tara protects the welfare of all beings; those who are devoted to her are especially fortunate.
"In myth she is born from Avalokitesvara's tears of compassion or from her own vow to be enlightened and stay a woman.... There are innumerable manifestations of Tara, as many as beings require, but her most famous are the peaceful White Tara, who brings protection, long life and peace; and the dynamic Green Tara, who overcomes obstacles and saves beings in dangerous situations." -- Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment; Denise Patry Leidy and Robert A. F. Thurman.
White Tara -- 2 images -- Galery of Realmistic Images in Finland.
White Tara -- 4 images -- Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, Gallery 1.
White Tara -- 3 images -- Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, Gallery 2.
Red Tara -- Kurukulla - from JBL Statues
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The image above, of White Tara's eyes, is available on cards and on magnets from The Empty Mirror.
Illustration at the top of the page is Green Tara (mural detail) from the 800-year-old "Three Tiered Temple" in the Alachi monastic complex, in Ladakh; from Early Portrait Painting in Tibet, by Jane Casey Singer, in ASIAN ARTS.
PRAISES AND REQUESTS TO THE TWENTY-ONE TARAS
"Whatever your body, O Mother of Conquerors,
Whatever your retinue, life span and pure land,
May I and all others attain only these.
By the force of these praises and requests made to you,
May all disease, poverty, fighting and quarrels be calmed,
May the precious Dharma and everything auspicious increase
Throughout the world and directions where I and all others dwell."
BENEFITS OF RECITING THE HOMAGE
Those endowed with perfect and pure respect for these goddesses--
The intelligent who recite these praises with most supreme faith
Both in the evening and upon waking at dawn--
Will have fearlessness bestowed on them by this remembrance.
After being purified of all evils completely,
They will attain destruction of all lower realms
And the seven million conquering Buddhas
Will quickly grant them every empowerment.
Thus they will attain greatness and so forth
To the ultimate state of supreme Buddhahood.
As a result all violent poisons--
Whether abiding within or spreading to others--
That they have eaten or drunk
By this remembrance will be completely removed
And they will eliminate quickly all afflictions by spirits, epidemics,
Poisons and all various sufferings.
* * *
Without obstruction, all their wishes will be granted
And every single hinderance will be destroyed as it arises.
Full text of the "Praises and Requests"
The text is reprinted Osel Shen Phen Ling Web site
from Ven. Thubten Chodron's Pearl of Wisdom, Book II.
Red Tara: An Open Door to Bliss and Ultimate Awareness
Red Tara Commentary
beings creates a sense of refuge much greater than our commitment
alone. It is like stepping through an open door and finding oneself in a
world of transformation where every phenomenon has a spiritual
meaning and can be used to attain ultimate freedom and happiness."
TARA THE HEALER
A major part of the Dharma Haven Web Site is devoted to Tibetan Buddhist tools for Healing, Relaxing and Awakening, which are integral aspects of traditional Tibetan culture. Practicing meditation and working (or playing) with prayer wheels, incense, chants, and prayer flags all are used together with Tibetan medicine.
TARA HEALING INCENSE
Tripple E Goddes Guide: "An Encyclopedia of Women Devine."
Tara's Coloring Book; Andy Weber; Wisdom, 1979; Paperback, $9.95.
Black-and-white outline drawings of Tibetan Buddhist deities, including Tara, intended for coloring.
Pearl of Wisdom Buddhist Prayers and
Practices -- Books I and II; Compiled and translated by
Ven. Thubten Chodron. Available from Dharma Friendship Foundation, P.O.
Box 30011, Seattle, WA, 98103 USA, 73 pages
each. US$5.00 each ISBN #981-00-0558-X and
for Darkness : Tara and the Black Madonna : A Ten Year Journey; China
Galland; Viking, 1990; Hardcover
(1990) ( Both Hard to Find).
Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet; Stephan Beyer, Thomas R. Beyer; Univ. California Press, 1978; Paperback, $19.95.
Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress: Source Texts from India and Tibet
on Buddhism's Great Goddess; Martin Willson (Editor); Paperback;
The Supreme Goddess; Prof. Kumar Pushpendra, Dr. R.K. Sharma; South
Asia Books, 1992; Hardcover, $72.50 (Special Order).
Om Tara Tuttare: Buddhist Mantra for Meditation; Swami Sivananda Radha; Timeless Books, 1995; Audio Cassette, $9.95.
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