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Green Tara


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     Seated upon a water lily, Green Tara (tib. Drolma Jang-gu) is in dhyanasana position with her legs locked.   Above her left shoulder is her symbol the blue water lily.  Unlike the seven eyed White Tara, Green Tara has only one pair of eyes with which to watch over all the sentient beings.

     Green Tara  is a manifestation of Tara, the first female bodhisattva.  Green Tara performs the same compassionate duties as White Tara of watching over the well-being of all sentient beings.   Green Tara is the benevolent form of Tara.

     As the first female bodhisattva, Tara is one of the most popular bodhisattvas in all of the Vadjrayana Buddhist world.  How she became the first female bodhisattva is a wonderful story of a woman praying while two monks passed her.  One monk commented to his friend how much virtue that the woman before them had shown that maybe she will be reborn as a man.  Though the monk meant no harm by his words, as there was a common belief that men became bodhisattvas quicker, the woman praying had overheard his words and vowed to be reborn a female no matter what her incarnation would be.  When the virtuous seeds she had planted throughout her lifetimes came to fruition, she achieved bodhidharma, and in keeping with her vow, became the first female bodhisattva.

     Though Tara has many incarnations, all involve the overseeing the well being of her devotees.  Often associated with Avalokatesvara (bodhisattva of compassion), Tara is seen as the ideal of compassion that oversees to the welfare of all sentient beings.



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