Our White Tara statue is a depiction of a bodhisattva and also a Buddha. In Mahayana beliefs she is a bodhisattva and she is a full fledged Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. Additionally, Tara can be considered a broad term for many aspects of the same Buddhist virtues. As a result, there are many incarnations of Tara such as Green Tara, White Tara, Black Tara, Cittamani Tara and Yellow Tara. More specifically, this White Tara statue depicts the fruits of compassion such as long life, peace, prosperity, healing and serenity. She is also believed to be the wish fulfilling wheel known as “cintachakra”.
Our lovely White Tara statue is seated in the full lotus pose, also known as the “vajra” or thunderbolt position. Her complexion is thought to emanate with the lucid white glow of a thousand moons. Additionally, her right hand lies across her right knee in the mudra of supreme generosity. In her left hand between the thumb and index finger she holds the stem of the uptala flower near her heart, while the flower blossoms over her left shoulder.
7 Eyes of White Tara
White Tara’s rich symbolism is fortified with her 7 eyes. There are 3 eyes on her face including the eye in the middle of her forehead which represents her ability to see the ultimate reality. Plus, there is also a single eye on the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet. Therefore, all of her actions are governed by the ultimate compassion and wisdom.
The incarnation of Tara is also believed to be the first advocate for feminism. As a result of Buddhism moving eastward it was thought that the religion should be more inclusive. Therefore, Tara became compassionate about obtaining enlightenment as a female since there were so few female Buddhas. As a result, she vowed to continue as a female bodhisattva until she obtained Buddhahood as a female.