Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Tara Religious Context

Tara Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Religious Context
- Source Texts
- Tara Outline Page
- Pureland of Tara
- Secondary Figures
- Related Deities
- Bibliography
- Avalokiteshvara Main Page
- Meditational Deity Page
- Deities According to Function
- Colours & Activities
- Complex Specific Subjects
- Metaphor
- Glossary
- Confusions
- Others...

Tara made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in the form of a female for the benefit of all beings. She especially protects from the eight and sixteen fears and has taken on many of the early functions originally associated with the deities Avalokiteshvara and Amoghapasha. Practiced in all Schools of Tibetan Buddhism Tara, amongst all of the different deity forms, is likely second in popularity only to Avalokiteshvara. Meditational practices and visual descriptions for Tara are found in all classes of Buddhist Tantra, both Nyingma and Sarma (Sakya, Kagyu, Gelug).

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Jeff Watt [updated 4-2017, 12-2019]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).