Tibetan Buddhist Deity Green Tara The Beauty of Enlightenment
The Green Tara is a female Buddha revered throughout Tibetan Buddhism. She is called the Mother Tara or Mother of all Buddhas. There are various Taras but the Green Tara is one of the most renowned. She is regarded as the Buddha of compassion, too. She is typically depicted with her right foot stretched, with a stance that appears that she is always ready to step down to help those who invoke her. The left foot rests inward, which stands for merit and wisdom as the goals held close to be accomplished. Like her whole body, this stretched foot also rests atop a lotus and a moon disk (symbolizing purification and peace). Her lotus throne is pink, the color reserved for the highest of deities. The lotus itself signifies her freedom from impurities and undefiled nature. This also means that while Green Tara is in this world, she is also undefiled by it.Meanwhile, her right hand is held with the palm upward, in a Dhana mudra, which symbolizes her giving of charity. The left hand can be seen help up, palm upwards, and holding the lotus in a Kachin Chagya mudra of giving refuge. The blue lotus she is holding is called the utpala which represents the active principle of enlightenment. Her halo around her head and the body is in yellow. This aura is a symbol of her perfect consciousness and awareness. She is also opulently dressed with jewels on her body that signifies her being divine, having a body of perfect enjoyment and enlightenment. Zoom in on her crown and a red figure of the Buddha Amitabha is present who is also the Buddha of Longevity. The thangka is also packed with lotus flowers all over the image. The mountain ranges represent her pure land, the Mount Potola. At the bottom are offerings for the Tara._x000D_
Tibetan Thangka Painting_x000D_Size of Painted Surface 16 inch X 24 inch_x000D_Size with Brocade 26.5 inch X 40 inch_x000D_
At The Core Of Tibetan Culture
The sheer diversity to be discovered in the artistic milieu of Tibet betrays the fact that either the ateliers of different sixteenth-century cities had considerable means of communication or the artists were actually itinerant. Because very few thangkas from before the thirteenth century have survived the ravages of time, the rich divinations made are drawn from sculptures and manuscript illustrations. While the largest influence on Tibetan art has been art from further southwards - the subcontinent - the visualisation of even similar deities are fascinatingly distinct. Scholars explain this by citing that the information flow between the two regions had been textual and verbal, which left Tibetan painters free to forge their own style. The Pala kingdom (eighth-twelfth century) of Northeastern India has had the most conspicuous influence on thangkas, of all other Indian influences that could be deduced. While most of Pala art is lost to us, we could gauge from sculptures and manuscrips illustrations the adornments, the elongated eyes and lashes, and the aquiline noses. Upon the Islamicisation of North India, some of the Indian Pala Buddhists put together a small community in Central Tibet and continued to produce their art, with the original Pala influences gradually dwindling. Contemporary thangka artists are no longer dependant on Pala tutelage, and what this endemic art form has evolved to today is the subject of admiration of art devotees across the world.
Thangkas are one of Tibet's most sacred gifts to humankind. Through contemplation on the subjects of the thangkas, the devotee is meant to transcend one's coarse, earthy surroundings into a realm that is defined by compassion and wisdom. Compassion and wisdom lie at the core of modern-day Tibetan culture, having evolved from a warring people with a lust for material conquest. The truth revealed in these thangkas are ultimate and divine, the highest of the high as art flows into every aspect of life - wares, textiles, and home decor and even the home itself. Of superlative gorgeousness and meaning, thangkas are the crown jewel of Tibetan art and culture. It is said that these paintings are the door through which the wisdom and the compassion of the deities emerge shining into our realm of existence.