Green Tara

Bokar Rinpoche, from his book Tara, The Feminine Divine:

"Buddhism, as it was introduced to Tibet, contains many deities--Tara is one of them--tied to the tantric tradition....In truth, if we realize the true nature of our minds, the deities reveal themselves as being not different from our own minds. As long as we do not realize it and live in the duality I/other, the deities enter the play of duality and a relationship is established between these two poles of manifestation, I and the deity. (p. 9)

"Having infinite compassion for suffering beings, bodhisattvas make wishes that lead them to act in one way rather than another to actualize their wishes. Likewise, Tara's main activity is to brush away fear and danger (p. 21)...Particularly, the activity of all the Buddhas directed toward elimination of fear and danger is found within the divine person of Tara (p. 22).... Her green color is that of the awakened activity, active compassion....Green indicates that Tara acts for the benefit of those who pray to her with the swiftness of wind." (p. 44)


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