Green Tara
Green Tara
Green Tara
Green Tara
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Green Tara

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As a devotional offering, I have undertaken to illustrate all 13 of the Goddesses of the Mount Shasta Goddess Temple in 2020. I created this piece with the gentle direction of Priestess Yeshe Matthews, and together we evoked this image of Green Tara.

Tara is one of the most ancient and renowned goddesses, with roots and branches in many different religions and countries. She is known as Tara in Indian Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Celtic Polytheism, and she is also linked to Grecian Aphrodite, Mesopotamian Ishtar, Pan-Asian Kuan Yin, and Finnish Tar. The Dalai Lama compared her to the Christian Mary, Mother of God. Her name means "Star" and she is known as "The One Who Saves." We call to her for help, and she answers. Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala once spoke in a public teaching in Berkeley about Tara's miraculous ability to manifest in physical form when called upon by devotees. Astronomy, astrology, voluntarism, and meditation are all ways that you can connect to Tara's energy.

Situated in the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple’s Siskiyou County landscape, Green Tara rises up on her lotus throne from the waters of Lake Siskiyou. In the distance, the sun is setting on Mt Shasta. Times of cold and shadow come into every life, and Tara is there as helper and healer. She sits inside a flower of life halo, symbolising eternal regeneration and her commitment to remain in female form until the ocean of suffering is empty. Her aura is ringed in dogwood blossoms, a sweet-smelling tree that grows abundantly in Dunsmuir, CA and is linked to many different myths worldwide. Half of her hair is tied in a topknot, representing enlightenment, while half of it flows free, representing spontaneous awareness. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity, while her right foot is ready to leap up in aid to those in need. Her left hand holds a blue utpala flower symbolising in the refuge mudra, symbolising the purity of refuge in the dharma. Above her is an evening sky, with sun, moon, and stars all together in a state of luminous liminality.

The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple is committed to honouring the Great Mother through acts of spirit, beauty, and service, and we embrace opportunities to help shape a better world for women. Our annual devotional cycle dedicated to Goddesses from many world cultures invites our membership to reflect on the diversity of the female divine, and our practices and teachings inspire women of all colors, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds to discover the divinity within. In our Temple, we believe that every woman is an earthly embodiment of the Goddess.

*Please note: due to COVID-19 labor shortages, print fulfillment may take longer than usual. Current estimate is 2-3 weeks from date or order. Thank you for your patience!

Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper.

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%
• ISO brightness: 104%