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Video: Twenty-One Taras of Suryagupta
According to Vajrayana Buddhism Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha who typically appears in the form of a beautiful youthful woman sixteen years of age. By category and by hierarchy Tara also functions as a Meditational Deity (yidam) and her general appearance is that of a peaceful deity which is synonymous with Devi, Bodhisattva Appearance, one of the Eleven Figurative Forms depicted in Tibetan art and iconography. Found in all Schools of Tibetan Buddhism Tara, among all of the different deity forms, is likely second in popularity only to Avalokiteshvara.
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Jeff Watt 2-2003 [updated 4-2017]