Monday, December 13, 2010

White Tara (Sapta lochana tara)

Tara is the female deity of the Buddhist Pantheon. White Tara ws born from a tear of the Boddhisatwa of compassion, Avalokiteswora. She holds a very prominent position in Tibet and Nepal. Tara is believed to protect the human beings while they are crossing the ocean of existence.
Among the two forms of Tara. White tara is regarded as consort of Avalokiteswara, some time of Vairochana. She is portrayed usually seated, dressed and crowned like a Boddhisatwas. And sometime she is regarded as Saptalochana or seven eyes Tara. Extra eyes on her forehead, palm, and feet and lotus flower at one or both of her shoulder. She is seated in full Vajra Posture. Her right hand in teaching gesture holding the stem of the lotus. She is wearing all sorts of precious ornaments and looks beautiful. The practice of White Tara is Basically performed in to prolong life as well as for healing purpose.

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