Our Green Tara statue reflects the compassion of the venerable Buddhist Goddess – Tara. In fact, as a Bodhisattva Tara disdained the advice of the sangha to be reincarnated as a male. Furthermore, she vowed to only accept rebirth as a female until there were more female Buddhas.
Nonetheless, Green Tara endeavors to assist all sentient life and the color green signifies her constant state of readiness. This is reflected in the partially extended right leg which lies over the edge of her single lotus sitting platform. Thus, Green Tara is always ready to come to your assistance.
The Mudras of Green Tara
The sacred mudras depicted by her show that her endless compassion and generosity have no bounds. Therefore, her right hand is gracefully lying over her right leg expressing the “gift giving mudra” also known as Varada. Also, her left hand is held near her heart expressing the classic protection or Abhaya mudra. Thus, Green Tara wishes to protect those seeking insight knowledge and the elimination of ignorance.
The Symbolism of Green Tara’s 2 Lotus Flowers
Between the thumb and index finger of each hand she gently holds the stems of lotus flowers which grow over her shoulders. The blossoming flower over her right shoulder signifies the beauty of a lotus blossom rising above earthly defilements. She yearns to assist all of those who wish to vanquish ill will, attachment and ignorance. The unopened lotus flower over her left shoulder encourages devotees to strive for the purity that awaits sentient life in Nirvana. Click here to learn more about the rich symbolism of the Green Tara Bodhisattva.
Special Adornments at your Request
Our Nepali master artisan created our beautiful Green Tara statue with the jewelry and crown of a Bodhisattva. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the crown and jewels of this Green Tara statue with turquoise and red stones. At no extra charge, the skilled artisan can embellish the statue with these special decorations before delivery.
The color turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes her readiness to act. She wears it well and will inspire all those who lay their eyes on her statue.