Green Tara or Dolma is often known as the great liberator who rescues beings from the eight great fears aroused by elephants, lions, snakes, robbers, fire, water, demons, and the government. She is one of the bodhisattvas that Avalokiteshvara created from a drop of his tear.
In this painting, Green Tara is seated in a playful posture. Her right hand is in the Varadamudra because she is quick to respond to the petitions of those who seek her aid. She is adorned with five jewels symbolizing the Dhyani Five Buddhas. In both her hands she is holding utpala flowers, symbolizing her purity. Her color is green because her bodhisattva activity is swift like the wind element. On the bottom part of the painting, Manjushree and Vajrapani is portrayed in devotional postures. They gaze at the deity eagerly as if they are making a petition to protect the world. Buddha Aparmita is seen at the top center panel of the painting. The artist has placed the whole in a beautiful surrounding landscape of forest, brooks, and mountains. A light brown sky on the background has added profundity to the message of the painting.
Green Tara is a female Buddha and one of the most well-known goddesses in the Buddhist world, from embroideries to colorful sculptures.
Tara has many forms and appears in various colors—with each hue representing a different aspect of her energy. The most popular forms are Green Tara, White Tara Then there is also the Red Tara, Black Tara Yellow Tara, and Blue Tara. Notice the colors are the same (with the exception of black) as the color Tibetan Prayer Flag cloth rectangles that are strung and hung to bless their surrounding areas.
One specific school of Buddhism mentions as many as 21 forms of Tara. Now all you need to do is make the best feng shui choice for your home with the energy of Tara
Using Green Tara Energy
Tara is called the goddess of compassion and the mother of liberation. However, the energy of Tara also encompasses action as reflected in the success or specific achievements. These are not necessarily worldly achievements, although some aspects of Tara, such as the Yellow Tara, are associated with wealth and prosperity.
One might say Tara is more result and process-oriented. For example, the result one might strive for can be power—inner or outer—which is the domain of Black Tara. Or, the process might be releasing the energy of anger, which is a specialty of Blue Tara.
As green is the universal color of healing, regeneration, and growth, the Green Tara embodies the healing energy of release from fear and ignorance. Human ignorance comes in many forms—from jealousy to pride—and it's the healing energy of Green Tara that brings awareness and relief from these negative aspects.
Green is also the color of vibrant energy and activity, which explains one of the aspects associated with Green Tara as the goddess of action. She is often depicted with her right leg extended forward—ready to spring/move forward at any moment.
Another aspect of green color is the freshness and newness of energy which reflects Green Tara's youthfulness and playfulness. However, the main feature of all Taras—no matter which color expresses their specific energy—is Tara's pledge to being in female form.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned this about Tara:
"There's a true feminist movement in Buddhism that relates to the goddess Tara…she vowed, 'I've developed bodhicitta as a woman. For all my lifetimes along the path I vow to be born as a woman, and in my final lifetime when I attain Buddha-hood, then, too, I will be a woman.'"
Guidelines for Using Green Tara
If you would like to place a Green Tara symbol in your home, these feng shui guidelines will help you determine an ideal location:
Samaya Tara, popularly known as Green Tara. She is represented in a royal ease posture with her left leg bent her left leg overstepping the main lotus and resting on a blue lotus ready to get up and offer assistance to those in need. She is portrayed with maroon Buddhist robes and jewelry. The earrings represent patience, understanding, and renunciation. The diadem with five jewels represents the transmutation of the five delusions into the Five Buddha Wisdoms. She is shown with a benevolent countenance seated upon a white moon disk which is associated with special restorative nectar associated with the naval chakra center. In Buddhists, the moon symbolizes the wisdom aspect which when coupled with compassion leads to Sakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment. Her right hand is gracefully lowered in varada mudra, the boon-granting gesture.
Green Tara's special lotus is the blue lotus or 'night lotus' which she bears in both hands. The word utpala means to 'burst open'. Her left-hand holds a stem with an open blooming flower and an unopened bud. The bent lower part of the stem represents the root. The open blossom represents the present and also the present Buddha; the bud represents the future and also Buddhas yet to be born. The future here also refers to a safe journeys end and a future well being. Her right-hand wisdom hand is in the gesture of giving refuge. The third finger touches the thumb to create a circle representing the union of wisdom and compassion, and the three extended fingers symbolize the Three Jewels of Buddhism a. The Buddha State b. The Body of teachings c. The Principles of the Universe The same hand holds the stem of a blue lotus representing her willingness to assist. The closed blossom in her right hand represents the past and also the Buddhas of the past. Green Tara is shown in a place of paradise called Khadiravani where she Tara dwells. Khadiravani is described as a great mountain kingdom with many trees, flowers, and animals (not shown). 3 rainbow tails emanate from her outer aureole. The crescent moon and sun symbolize the union of male and female ubiquitous in Tantric art.
The seventy-two golden lines represent psychic energy channels emanate from her body and her central psychic channel running up her spinal column. Each one signifies a thousand as there are traditionally seventy-two thousand channels. The gold lines alternate between wiggly and straight to represent the two main psychic channels running up the central channel that entwine to create the interlocking 'snaking' caduceus and to which the energy channels are connected. The trees in the foreground are the Ashoka Tree. The word Ashoka means 'without sorrow' and is the tree linked to the Vedic God of love and sexual union Kamadeva. Apparently the tree blossoms when a virtuous lady touches it.
The word Tara means the one who saves. The word Tara is derived from the root trimming to cross and in context is taken to mean the one who helps people to cross the Ocean of Existence and Suffering. Green Tara is also called 'dark' Tara or more directly Shyama Tara. Green Tara is associated with the Amoghasiddhi who is also green and the north-facing Meditation who is head of the active family. Her willingness to help others is shown by her body posture with one foot ready so that she can rise to offer assistance. Like WhiteTara, she was born of the tears of compassion of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, resulting from the extreme state of sadness he experienced when observing the continuing ceaseless suffering which he sought to end.