This painting by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
represents Tara, whose name means "star" or "she who ferries
across." Tara is a bodhisattva of compassion who manifests in female form.
In Tibetan, Tara is known as "Dlma" (Sgrol-ma), or "She Who
Saves." In particular, Green Tara, represents compassion in action, since
shes in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help
According to Tibetan Buddhism,
Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva
Avalokiteshvara. It is said that he wept as he looked upon the world of
suffering beings, and his tears formed a lake in which a lotus sprung up. When
the lotus opened, the goddess Tara was revealed.
A similar tradition has White
Tara born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara's left eye and the Green Tara born
from those of his right. In a third legend, Tara was born from a beam of blue
light emanating from one of the eyes of Avalokiteshvara. Green Tara, with her
half-open lotus, represents the night, and White Tara, with her lotus in full
bloom, symbolizes the day. Green Tara embodies virtuous activity while White
Tara displays serenity and grace.
Size: 5 x 7 Inches.