White Tara – Dölkar (Tib.)
White Tara is known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity. Her white color symbolizing her pure compassion, she offers peace, prosperity, long life, health and good fortune to all sentient beings, she is the mother of all buddhas. She has seven eyes: a “third eye” in her forehead and an eye on each hand and on her feet, able to compassionately, wisely see the sufferings in every corner of the world.
Tara’s left hand is in the refuge-granting gesture, her right hand in the wish-fulfilling gesture. In her left hand she holds a stem of the Utpala lotus flower with three blossoms symbolizing the buddhas of the past, present and future. Seated on a white lotus cushion in the meditative diamond lotus posture, her legs are folded.
Tibetans often perform white Tara practices designed to strengthen and restore good health, lengthen one’s lifespan and overcome life-threatening hindrances. The practice can be done on behalf of oneself or for others, as well as to remove obstacles to the teachers’ long lives and health; white Tara paintings have been commissioned many times for the fourteenth Dalai Lama.
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