Tara Tibetan Buddhist protection reliquary in its green form,
Siberia mammoth ivory,
massive silver 925,
Bronze with high copper content
nan hong (cornaline) from Baoshan, Yunnan.
mantra of compassion Om mani padme hum
Dimensions: 60/ 34 mm
Weight of about 95 grams.
Tara "the liberator", "the Savior" and "the Star" is the main deity of compassion in the Mahayana and the Vajrayana.
Regrouped in the 10 Mahāvidyā, deesses grouped under the name of great wisdom in Hinduism, she gained prominence in Indian Buddhism as it appears from the 6th century, then in Java, Cambodia and finally in Tibet from the VIII century and especially in the XIIth 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.
It was then put identically by prajnaparamita and will see as she assigns the title of "mother of all the victors", popularized especially as "the Savior" "the one who crosses the other side".
Regarded as "the one who saves 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 in addition an election deity (Yi Dam), able to lead the practitioner to the perfect awakening that she embodies.
In the Tantric movement, she reveals herself as a perfect Buddha in feminine form.
Tara was introduced to Tibet by the Nepalese Princess Tristün, wife of King Songtsen Gampo (569-650) bringing with her a statue of the goddess's sandalwood.
The Green Tara is the main form of or would come from all the others.
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