Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity)

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 77209)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Nyingma and Karma (Kagyu)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: Wisdom Publications, Calender
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

White Tara

"...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).

Jeff Watt [updated 6-2019]

Wisdom Calendar 2002 - cover (full catalog list)

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