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TIBETAN BUDDHIST ART

Ink & brush on paper

Original size: 20 x 31 cm

Jetsun Drolma (Ārya Tārā)

Traditional Thangka Painting by

Thomas Yeshe Dalarud

Jetsun Drolma (Sanskrit: Ārya Tārā) is the female deity also known as the Savioress. She is both seen as the Bodhisattva in female form as well as the Mother Goddess and the Mother of all Buddhas. She is often worshiped as a Tantric deity to be meditate upon. She belongs to the Buddha Amitabha family (the Lotus Family) and is therefor often depicted with Buddha Amitabha sitting above, as in this painting. Jetsun Drolma appears in a variety of forms both within the Buddhist systems of Tibet and also in other places of Asia as well. The most widely known forms of Jetsun Drolma are:

Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity

White Tārā, known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra

Red Tārā, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things

Black Tārā, associated with power

Yellow Tārā, associated with wealth and prosperity

Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger

Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā

Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the teak forest), who appeared to Nagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the "22nd Tārā."

There is also recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Tārās. A practice text entitled "In Praise of the 21 Tārās", is recited during the morning in all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism.


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Detail of Jetsun Drolma, in her most common and green form

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