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This exquisite white resin Statue of Green Tara is handcrafted in Oregon, USA by Mission Studios, and is part of their Tibetan Collection. The height of this statue is approximately 2 inches.
Green Tara is a female Bodhisattva in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. She appears as a female Buddha in the Vajrayana tradition. Green Tara is known as the Buddha of enlightened activity.
In Tibet, the goddess Tara is the feminine counterpart of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Bodhisattvas are beings who have reached enlightenment but have choosen to remain in the cycle of birth and rebirth in order to serve humanity in achieving nirvana.
It is said that Tara first arose from a lotus blossom in the lake that had formed from Avalokitesvara's tears of compassion, tears that fell when he first beheld all of the suffering in the world.
Because of her essential goodness, she was granted the right to assume her human form as a man. But Tara elected instead to remain in her womanly form.
The Goddess Tara vowed:
"There are many who wish to gain enlightenment
in a man's form,
And there are few who wish to work
for the welfare of living beings
in a female form.
Therefore may I, in a female body,
work for the welfare of all beings,
until such time as all humanity has found its fullness."
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