Green Tara 2003, Goddess of Compassion in Action

Giclee print of Gouache Painting by Laura Santi

Green Tara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion in Action

Green Tara glows with the energy of new spring green grass, potent with the awaking and growth of that season.  She is exquisitely beautiful, smiling and sweet, radiant and yet ethereal and translucent, because she is no ordinary being.  She is a Bodhisattva, one who has dedicated themselves to helping others.  She appears to us as a young woman, at that time of life where anything feels possible and there is so much to do to make it so. She wears jewels and silk garments, as she is a princess in the pantheon of beings that come to us to help.  She spontaneously gives aid and protection to all, her compassion available to anyone, in an instant, no matter if they are a thief in the night, a woman giving birth or a worker trying hard to please – she knows that personality is just the outer shell that holds the purity of our own true Self within.  She holds two blue lotuses that represent her purity and power.  She sits on another lotus that arose out of the lake of tears shed by the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara.  He is quiet and still in his compassion, but Tara is compassion in action:  she extends her foot down to the lotus below, ready to stand at a moment’s notice to begin working.

Her right hand rests on her knee, open in the mudra of supreme giving.  Her left hand, poised in front of her heart, forms the mudra of protection and fearlessness.  Her mantra is “Om Tara Tuttare Ture Svaha”, and you will hear it everywhere you go in Nepal and Tibet, as she is one of the most called-upon deities in Buddhism.