Tara Green Protective Reliquary.
0.5 gram of gold
Glass like transparent sapphire watches or "leucosaphir" anti-scratch of great hardness, reproducing the same characteristics of natural stone.
double dorje turning on the back
Weight of 28 grams
Reliquary size, 34/34 mm
weight of 25 grams
Tara "liberating," "saving" and "star" is the main deity of compassion in Mahayana and Vajrayana.
Grouped in the 10 Maharady, goddesses grouped under the name of Great Wisdom in Hinduism, it gained importance in Indian Buddhism to the 6th century, then in Java, Cambodia and finally Tibet from the 8th century and especially in the 11th century with the arrival of Atisa.
It was first taken for an emanation of Avalokitesvara (Guan Yin), the Bodhisattva of great compassion, born of a lotus pushed into a tear of the latter.
She was then put to the same as Prajnaparamita and will see as she as she award the title of "mother of all the winners", popularized especially as "the saving" "the one who crosses the other side".
Considered "the one who saves from the eight great fears", she is also the universal mother of all beings, protecting animals and plants and reigns over the three worlds the lower world, the earth and the heavens.
In the Vajrayana Tara is also an election deity (Yi Dam), able to lead the practitioner to the perfect awakening she embodies.
In the tantric movement, she proves to be a perfect Buddha in female form.
Tara was introduced to Tibet by the Nepalese princess Tristian, wife of King Songtsen Gampo (569-650) bringing with her a sandalwood statue of the goddess.
The green tara is the main form from which all others would come.
DOUBLE DORJE turning, in mammoth ivory (Siberia)
Vajra, in Tibetan dorje. It is probably the most important symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. The term means "diamond" and refers to the indestructible nature of the mind itself, awakening, which is both imperishable and indivisible. The small scepter originally appears to be the diamond lightning of the god Indra, a mark of royalty and power.
(1) the top five points represent the five wisdoms, five facets of the diamond that is the awakened mind:
mirror-like wisdom, which means that the awake mind, like a perfectly polished mirror, clearly reflects all things, has the ability to know everything, without any confusion.
the wisdom of equality, which recognizes that all the phenomena of samsara (ordinary world) and nirvana (pure fields or paradise of Buddhas) are of an equal nature in that they are of a unique essence: emptiness
the wisdom of distinction, which denotes that the awakened mind perceives not only the emptiness of all phenomena (which is the wisdom of equality) but also, in a simultaneous, unre-confusiond nature, all phenomena as they manifest themselves;
the fulfilling wisdom, which allows the Buddhas to create pure fields and emanations working for the good of beings;
the wisdom of universal space, which indicates that all phenomenes, beyond any concept and duality, remain in pure knowledge of the mind.
(2) At the same time as the five wisdoms, these five upper points symbolize the Five Winners or five main Male Buddhas on a mystical level. The five lower points symbolize the Five Female Buddhas.
(3) The mouths of makara (sea monster) whose tips emerge denote the liberation of the cycle of existences.
(4) The eight upper petals represent the eight male bodhisattvas, i.m. eight large bodhisattvas remaining in celestial domains.
(5) The eight lower petals are the eight female bodhisattvas.
6. The round part in the middle refers to emptiness.
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