Noble Green Tara embodies the wisdom of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. On an ultimate level, Tara abides in the unwavering primordial state of awakening. She is inseparable from the wisdom mother Prajnaparamita, as all buddhas are born from wisdom.

On a relative level, her story is as follows. In a past eon, she vowed to free sentient beings from suffering and attain enlightenment as a female. In accordance with this resolve, she practiced tirelessly and attained the ability to free countless sentient beings from inner and outer sufferings. Thus, she became known as Arya Tara, the Noble Liberator. Because of the swiftness of Tara’s blessings, many masters practiced her meditations and became accomplished. Even today, Tara is so revered that nearly all Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and the Himalayas hold daily prayers dedicated to her.

A two-foot statue of Noble Green Tara will grace the Maitreya Center’s Tara Shrine Room in the upper-level Lama residence. She holds the stems of two utpala lotuses that flower at either side of her. The utpala is a night-blooming lotus, and so Tara protects at the time of greatest fear, during both literal darkness and while we suffer in the darkness of ignorance. The lotus is known for its purity, remaining unstained while arising from the mud. This serves as a reminder that we too can achieve awakening in this world.

Tara’s left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity. Her right leg is outstretched, ready to spring into action, while her left leg is folded inward in the contemplative position.

Tara’s Emanations

Each the following statues represent Tara’s emanations and are eight-inches tall. They were crafted by artisans in Nepal in accordance with the tradition of Terton Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, two great Tibetan masters of the nineteenth century who revitalized the Buddha’s teachings.

Please see our donate page if you wish to sponsor these statues.

Tara of Pacification

On an outer level, she pacifies the danger and fear of adverse conditions; harm from embodied and ethereal beings; and illness, negative influences, and discord.

On an inner level, she dispels discursive thoughts that cause afflictions and negative actions.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus that flowers at her side. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of the Earth

On an outer level, she protects us from earthquakes, avalanches, and other harms associated with the earth element.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by pride.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a five-pronged vajra. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Water

On an outer level, she protects us from flooding, shipwreck, polluted or poisoned drinking water, drowning, and even the fiercest waves that can destroy entire villages and towns.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by desire.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a flaming jewel. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Fire

On an outer level, she protects us from raging fires that can destroy entire forests, regions, and homes, whether caused by negative karma, natural circumstances, or harmful behavior.

On an inner level, she dispels illnesses and negativity caused by anger.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a crystal with flowing water. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Wind

On an outer level, she pacifies harms caused by fierce winds, hurricanes, and storms, whether naturally arisen or incited by malignant forces.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by jealousy.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests the King of Mountains (Mt. Meru) marked with a wheel. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara of Enrichment

She causes all inner and outer experiences of samsara and nirvana to increase, including one’s longevity, intelligence, eloquence, merit, wealth, meditation, and realization.

Her activity bolsters one’s confidence and swift attainment of enlightened wisdom.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a hook.

Tara Protector of the Perils from Showering Meteoric Iron

On an outer level, she protects us from meteors, hailstorms, lightning, thunderbolts, violent rainstorms, and blizzards.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by desire, anger, and jealousy.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests crossed vajras. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Weapons

On an outer level, she pacifies all fear and danger of weapons, including knives, spears, guns, and cannons. She also protects us from warfare, external fighting, and persecution.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by anger and jealousy.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests the sword of wisdom. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Tyrants

On an outer level, she pacifies oppression, imprisonment, and punishment inflicted by evil-minded and haughty kings, ministers, and other rulers. She protects us from the adverse conditions that flow from tyrants such as compelling citizens into mistaken behavior and affording them little freedom.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by anger, pride, craving, and jealousy.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a hook. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Thieves

On an outer level, she protects us from savages, bandits, raiders, thieves, and robbers. She also protects us from those who kill innocents and kidnap for ransom.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by jealousy, desire, anger, and greed.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a battle-axe. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara of Magnetism

She protects us from suffering related to lack of power or influence over inner and outer phenomena, including not having control of one’s mind and subtle winds.

She grants accomplishment and mastery of spiritual and worldly aims.

Her left hand holds a hook, and her right holds a jeweled lasso.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Evil Spirits

On an outer level, she protects us from harm inflicted by evil spirits and unfavorable circumstances caused by the planets and outer elements.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by anger, desire, and craving.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a ritual dagger (phurba). Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Elephants

On an outer level, she protects us from the fear and dangers of elephants and other powerful animals—both domestic and wild.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by arrogance and cruelty.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a spear. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Lions

On an outer level, she protects us from the harm of fierce beasts including lions, tigers, leopards, bears, and wolves.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by anger, craving, jealousy, and conceit.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests the blazing fire of wisdom. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Snakes

On an outer level, she protects us from snakes, spiders, scorpions, mad dogs, and all kinds of toxic harm and poisons.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by mental dullness, covetousness, ill will, and wrong views.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a vase filled with sacred nectar. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara of Wrathful Activity

She protects us from black magic, curses, epidemics, enemies, and negative forces caused by both embodied and ethereal beings.

She also dispels inauspicious dreams and negative omens that arise from karma or external conditions.

Her two hands hold a ritual dagger (phurba) at her chest.

Tara Protector from the Perils of Illness

On an outer level, she pacifies illness caused by imbalances of the four elements in the environment, imagined negative influences, or fleeting conditions.

On an inner level, she dispels illness and negativity caused by ignorance, attachment, and aversion—as well as illness caused by the 21,000 inner disturbances.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a medicinal plant. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Peril of Untimely Death

On an outer level, she protects us from direct and indirect obstacles to one’s life—the most precious basis for spiritual practice.

On an inner level, she dispels deluded thoughts that cause harm to oneself and a shortened lifespan, as well as dualistic clinging to the events of the past, present, and future. Further, she guides practitioners to attaining the state of genuine deathlessness—buddhahood.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests the vase of immortality. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Fear of Poverty

On an outer level, she protects us from the adverse conditions resulting from the decline of the ten virtues, such as destitution, fatigue, hunger, thirst, and excessive heat and cold.

On an inner level, she dispels the suffering of poverty and the mindset of hording wealth caused by greed, miserliness, and craving.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests a vase filled with treasures. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Tara Protector from the Fear of Failure

On an outer level, she protects us from unsuccessful endeavors and losing whatever happiness one has achieved.

On an inner level, she pacifies the fear and mental pain caused by desire, aversion, jealousy, and doubt. Her blessings ensure that one will experience auspiciousness and one’s noble aims will be fulfilled.

Her left hand displays the mudra of refuge-granting and holds the stem of a lotus on which rests the endless knot, one of the auspicious symbols. Her right hand is in the mudra of generosity.

Please see our donate page if you wish to sponsor these statues.  Thank you for your support.