Beautiful White Tara Tibetan Thangka painting handicraft from Nepal
Designer: Lucky Thanka Handicraft
Tara as a person
Many eons ago in a different universe, a princess named Yeshe Dawa lived. Based on her own investigation and experience, she came to have great confidence in the —the Buddhas, , and . She understood the unsatisfactory nature of and thus determined to be free from all sufferings. Thinking that all living beings were like her in wanting happiness and not wanting , Princess Yeshe Dawa developed genuine, impartial and for each and every living being. She was not enchanted by the luxuries of palace life; instead, she vowed to show the way to to millions of beings each day before eating breakfast, to millions more before eating lunch, and to even more before going to sleep at night. Because of this, she was called Tara (Tibetan: Pagma Drolma), meaning “The Noble Liberator.” “Arya” indicates that she has directly realized the nature of reality and “Tara” shows her liberating activity. When religious authorities suggested that she pray to be born a man in future lives, Tara refused, pointing out that many Buddhas had already manifested in male bodies and vowing to attain full awakening in a woman’s body and continuously return in female form in order to benefit others.