Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity) - White

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 24085)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Female

Interpretation / Description

White Tara (Tibetan: drol ma kar mo, English: the White Liberator), Bestower of Long-Life.

"...with a hue white like an autumn moon - radiant like a stainless crystal jewel, shining with rays of light, one face, two hands, and having three eyes; with the conduct of having sixteen years of age. The right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity; the left holds with the thumb and forefinger the stem of a white utpala to the heart with the petals blossoming at the ear. Representing the buddhas of the three times the single stem is divided into three, in the middle is a blossoming flower, the right in fruition, the left in the form of a bud; adorned with various jewel ornaments; having various silk upper garments and a lower garment of red silk; seated with the legs in vajra posture. The palms of the hands and feet each have an eye - the seven eyes of pristine awareness." (Sachen Ngagwang Kunga Lodro, 1729-1783).

At the middle left side is Green Tara holding a gold vase in her extended left hand. At the middle right side is White Bhrikuti holding a conch shell in her extended right hand.

At the top center is Padmasambhava. On the left is Jigme Lingpa. Directly below is the deity Vidyadhara Jinasagara, red in colour, with a blue consort. A teacher wearing monastic robes sits on the right side. The upper portion of the composition is filled with deities belonging to the Longchen Nyingtig cycle of practice, a teaching of the 'Revealed Treasure' of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

At the top left are White Lokeshvara, Red Lokeshvara, Bhutadamara Vajrapani, Tara 'Secret Accomplishment', Hayagriva, Guru Rinpoche and Lokeshvara (two armed). At the top right side are Palchog, Medicine Buddha, Mahottara, Blue Vajrakila, a red deity, a white deity, and Vajravidarana.

At the bottom center is a seated figure of a woman, Yeshe Tsogyal, with her hands in the gesture of meditation. Below her is the female protector deity Ekajati. To the right and left are meditational deities and protector deities on the Longchen Nyingtig practice cycle.

On the left side are: Simhamukha, Dechen Gyalmo, Kurukulla, Manju Nagaraksha, Drangsong and Vajrakila. On the right side are: Krodha Kali, Hayagriva with consort, Krishna Yamari, Marichi, Haygriva Solitary, and Garuda.

Jeff Watt 2-2016

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: [Name inscriptions in Tibetan for each figure]

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