The color green signifies vigor and rebirth in nature. As a result, the right leg of Green Tara is partially extended and she is ready to spring to action. Youthful beauty and courage are projected from this Green Tara Bodhisattva statue. Therefore, she encourages devotees to embrace change and accept Buddhist teachings. Such devotion and compassion is reflected in her insistence to always be reborn as a female until all sentient life achieves awakening. Additionally, her left leg is pulled in which represents meditative contemplation.
Special Symbolism of Green Tara
Our beautiful Green Tara Bodhisattva statue is clothed in elegant robes and she wears jewels and the crown of a bodhisattva. Furthermore, in each hand she gently holds the stem of a lotus flower between her index fingers and thumbs. The flowers grow up her arms and are set to blossom over her shoulders. As a lotus flower will spring forth in a pond, so will purity and the rewards of Nirvana when devotees have been faithful to their practice. Furthermore, our Green Tara Bodhisattva statue is depicting the charity or giving mudra with her right hand. Additionally, her left hand is held close to her heart and is expressing the protection mudra.
The Child of Compassion
Green Tara is the child of compassion and she came forth in immaculate conception. When Avalokitesvara witnessed the suffering endured by sentient beings his tear drops fell and formed a great lake. From the bottom of the lake a lotus flower grew. As a result, the flower blossomed at the surface and Tara sprang forth. Tara was broadly loved and accepted by devotees, so much so that there are many emanations of her. However, Green Tara is believed to be the initial and most endearing embodiment. Additionally, she is the consort of Amoghasiddhi who is one of the Dhyani Buddhas.
Green Tara Protections
Green Tara is a Bodhisattva in Mahayana beliefs and she is thought to be a full fledged Buddha in Vajrayana teachings. However, the encouragement which devotees find most inspiring is the protection from fear and the 8 obscurations. Primarily, the 8 obscurations are believed to be: 1) wrong view 2) jealousy 3) anger and hatred 4) delusion and ignorance 5) pride 6) avarice and stinginess 7) desire and attachment 8) deluded doubts.