The Green Tara [Sanskrit: "Syamatârâ", Tibetan: "sGrol ma ljang gu"] is the embodiment of the activity of all Buddhas.
Tibetan Buddhism considers Green Tara to be the original Tara. In fact, the Tibetan name for the goddess is 'do-ngon ', which means 'the original Tara'. Original has sometime been interpreted by some Lama with sngo, meaning 'green', and the epithet 'green' has become inseparable from this form of Tara, which symbolizes the Divine Energy.
Green Tara is represented seated on a lotus-throne, the right leg pendant, with the foot supported by a small lotus, the stem of which is attached to the lotus throne. She is slender and graceful in her pose and dressed like a Bodhisattva and wears the five-leafed crown. These leaves of crown symbolize five Dhyani-Buddhas. Some time in her crown, the five dhyani-Buddhas are figured.
Her hair is abundant and wavy. Her right hand shows the gesture of 'charity' [Varada Mudra], and her shows the 'argument' gesture [Vitarka Mudra]. It holds the lotus.
She has two full open [human] eyes, where as her another manifestation; the White Tara has seven meditation [half-closed] eyes. The goddess may also be represented with a small image of Amoghasiddhi [one of the five Dhyani-Buddhas] in her headdress.
Tibetan Buddhismus believed that Tara was incarnate in all good women, and in the seventh century they declared the two pious of the Tibetan Buddhist king, sRong-tsan-sgam-po, incarnations of Tara. She was then given two distinct forms: the 'white' believed to be incarnate in the Chinese princess Wen-ch'eng, daughter of a Chinese prince belonging to imperial family; and the 'green Tara', incarnate in the Nepalese princess Brikuti, daughter of the king Ansu Verman.
She is known as the Swift One, due to her immediate response to those who request her aid. Furthermore she is known as the great liberator, specializing in overcoming obstacles in whatever form they manifest in our lives. No deity in the Buddhist pantheon is more popular than Tara. She is especially known for giving protection against dangers and all kinds of fear.
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