Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Tara (Riding a Cow)

Suryagupta Tradition

Tara 'Accomplishing the Complete Perfection' from the Twenty-one Taras of the Suryagupta Tradition. The colour and degree of wrathfulness can vary depending on the later tradition descending from Suryagupta. This form of Tara is remarkably similar to the Kashmiri form of Shivaa. The teacher Suryagupta was also from Kashmir.

"White Tara, slightly wrathful, with three eyes. The right hand holds a trident staff and the left a pearl garland of beads [mala]. Seated in a relaxed posture wearing a tiger skin lower garment. Adorned with a variety of heavenly garments and jewelry with a backrest of the full moon's light." (bod brgyud nang bstan lha tshogs chen bzhugs so, page 593. ISBN 7-5420-0816-1).

Jeff Watt 12-2020