The Goddess Green Tara is a popular Buddhist deity who represents compassionate action, protection and enlightenment. “Tara” means “star”, which refers to her ability to guide beings from suffering toward liberation.
A legend of Tara’s origin is that the Buddha of Compassion looked upon the world of humans and grieved over the immense suffering and pain he saw. He cried until there was a great pool, out of which Tara emerged as a young woman sitting on a lotus flower, ready to act for the benefit of all beings.
Tara’s green form reflects her role as a goddess of plants, life, and growing things. It is also a color of the heart chakra. She is holding a blue peonia flower, symbolizing her compassionate heart, and she gestures the mudra of giving refuge. Her right hand displays the mudra of boundless giving.
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