Green Tara, the female Buddha of the forest, provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditation posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion, and becoming a model for modern day contemplative life.
This one-of-a-kind thangka was masterfully painted by an artist in Nepal and given to Tara Mandala to support the building and adornment of the Tara Temple. If you look closely you can see that each Tara is unique, each face transmitting her own beauty. This distinctive feature was made possible only by lovingly and painstakingly using a one-hair brush.
Over the last 14 years, the Tara Thangka Campaign has raised $723,000 for Tara Mandala. Now is your chance to sponsor a Tara and be part of this amazing beautiful Thangka. These sponsorships provide much needed support running Tara Mandala, and its many capital projects. Currently there areover 200 Tarasleft to be sponsored! We will retire the Tara Thangka campaign in 2019, our 25th Anniversary! You can sponsor a Tara for $1000, and help us achieve Lama’s Tsultrim’s goal to raise $1 million! Your Tara can be dedicated to a loved one, yourself or all sentient beings.
People have fun choosing numbers signifying significant dates like the birthdays of their children, parents, pets or magical numbers. This has been a wonderful way for many people to weave their energy and tendrel to the blessings of Tara Mandala. There have been many touching moments in this process:
Dedications have been made in the memory of a loved one, for parents, for each of their children or grandchildren. Some have sponsored in their own name, others for their enemies, a beloved pet, lineage holders of the past, a birthday, anniversary, or to remember a dear friend. It has been truly heartwarming to feel all these intentions support the temple and have this merit spread so widely.
At this time, over 700 Taras have been sponsored. The thangka now hangs in the Tara Temple and continues to radiate blessings. Be sure to stop and view this amazing piece of spiritual art next time you are at Tara Mandala!“Tara is accessible even to those who have not received the initiation of Tara. She is simply present. The reemergence of Tara’s energy, her feminine wisdom, and her compassion are essential for the earth and all people right now. We are out of balance, and feminine wisdom is lacking. One problem for those who know this is that they are not sure how to find feminine wisdom. They ask, “How do I access it in myself and then bring it into the world?” Entering a practice like Green Tara creates the template for the development of that wisdom. In other words, it begins to help you access the wisdom of the feminine through the process of identification. This is important not only for women but for everyone.”
~ Lama Tsultrim, Green Tara Explanation and Commentary