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White Tara :
White Tara and Green Tara are believed to have been born from the
tears of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Tara is the
'Liberator or Saviouress', and in her white aspect as 'seven-eyed'
(saptalocana) Tara she is one of the three principal long-life deities
that are invoked for prolonging life, averting death, and removing
life-threatening obstacles. White Tara is beautiful, youthful and
radiant like an autumn moon, and she sits in vajra-posture upon a white
moon disc and a multicoloured lotus. She is adorned with the five silk
garments and eight jewelled ornaments of a goddess, and her golden tiara
is adorned with divine flowers and jewels. Half of her sapphire-black
hair is bound up into a topknot, while the other half hangs freely about
her shoulders. The three eyes of her face symbolize the purities of her
body, speech and mind; and the four eyes in her palms and soles
represent the 'four immeasurables' of her boundless compassion, loving
kindness, sympathetic joy and perfect equanimity. With her lowered right
hand she makes the boon-granting gesture, and with her left hand held
before her heart in the gesture of giving refuge, she holds the stem of
an immaculate lotus flower. Red Amitabha Buddha appears amidst the
clouds and rays of rainbow light above White Tara's head.
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