Item: Hand painted Green Tara
Regional Feature: Tibetan
Specs: 11.5 cm * 10 cm Usage: Portable, suitable for mounting on car dashboard
According to Vajrayana Buddhism, Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy Tara is a meditational deity (ishtadevata, yidam) and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity, a Devi or “bodhisattva appearance.” All peaceful deities of the pantheon are characterized as having bodhisattva appearance, which is both an iconographic classification and an artistic one. This is actually one of the main reasons why Tara, because of her appearance, is commonly referred to in the West simply as a bodhisattva.