Our beautiful oxidized copper White Tara statue has all of the classic features of White Tara. Therefore, she is depicted with her 7 eyes, 2 lotus flowers and she displays both the Abhaya and Varada mudras. Additionally, White Tara is seated in the full lotus pose on a double lotus pedestal. Our Nepali artisan gave the statue an antiquated finish with the use of oxidized copper.
Symbolism of the White Tara Mudras
The Abhaya “protection” mudra is a classic Buddhist mudra that is displayed by many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The symbol for fearlessness can be depicted with either the right and left hand. It is very important in Buddhist beliefs and it inspires a sense of fortitude and confidence in devotees. Our White Tara statue is depicting it with her left hand held chest high and palm facing forward.
This White Tara statue is also using the Varada or “gift giving” mudra. Indeed, White Tara is certainly affiliated with generosity. White Tara is known as the Cintachakra or “wish fulfilling wheel”. Additionally, she is one of the long life deities in Tibetan Buddhism. She is also imbued with the attributes of healing, compassion and serenity.
Tara The Feminist Deity
White Tara is one of the most popular depictions of the Bodhisattva Tara. The origins of Tara lie in the compassion of Avalokitesvara. In fact, it is believed by devotees that she was born from a teardrop that fell from his eye. After her conception Tara refused incarnation as a male. This is because she feels that there are not enough fully fledged female Buddhas. As a result, she has made a vow to forego awakening until this disparity has been corrected. Click here to learn more about the divine origin of White Tara.