Original: Gouache and 24 carat gold on Linen approx 14”x22” 2009
Green Tara is supremely beautiful, smiling and sweet. She is radiant and translucent, and she personifies compassion at its most gentle and heartfelt. She sits on a lotus that arose out of the lake of tears shed by the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara. He sits quietly 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 her work.
Her right hand rests on her knee, open in the mudra of supreme giving. Her left hand forms the mudra of protection and fearlessness. She spontaneously gives, like a mother, instantly and unthinkingly giving aid and protection to all. She is one of the most popular deities in Buddhism.