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Green Tara: Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Green Tara Description (below)
- Green Tara, Solitary Form
- Green Tara, Three Deity Configuration
- Green Tara Protecting from the Eight Fears
- Green Tara & the Twenty-one Taras (Five Systems)
- Kadam Lha Shi
- Samaya Tara Yogini with Eight Arms
- Green Tara Seventeen Deity Mandala
- Tara, Peaceful by Day, Wrathful by Night
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others....

"On an and eight petalled lotus...is Holy Tara, reddish-green in colour, one face and two hands. The right [hand] is in the gesture of supreme generosity and the left holds with the thumb and ring finger a lily to the heart. Wearing beautiful jewel ornaments and various silks, the hair as a crown, seated in a posture with the right leg extended and the left drawn up. On the right [side] is orange Marichi holding in the left [hand] a branch of the Ashoka tree. On the left is black Ekajati holding a skullcup in the left. Both hold in the right [hands] a fly-whisk; adorned with jewels and beautiful silk clothing, with the two legs placed equally in a standing manner." (Thartse Panchen Namka Chime).

Tara is a completely enlightened buddha and having promised to appear in the form of a female bodhisattva and goddess for the benefit of all beings she especially protects from the eight fears. Practiced in all Schools of Tibetan Buddhism Tara is second in popularity only to Avalokiteshvara. Her practices are found in all classes of tantra - Nyingma and Sarma.

Jeff Watt [updated 5-2017]