1). It is smooth and reflective, like benevolence.
2). Substantial and weighty like intelligence.
3). Unyielding but not sharp or abrasive, like righteousness.
4). Resonant, producing a melodious note when struck, like music.
5). Radiant, like good faith.
6). Bright and colourful, like heaven.
7). Of the hills and the streams, like earth herself.
8). A fitting emblem of rank, like virtue.
9). Esteemed by all who behold it, like truth.
Yu, the Chinese word for jade, took on a larger meaning and was used to describe greatness and beauty. A beautiful woman was known as "jade woman," and the highest Taoist divinity was referred to as the "Jade Emperor."
Thus has the skilled artist delineated the graceful form of Green Tara in the resplendent hue of the highest grade of jade. Bedecked in sumptuous garments and jewels, the goddess stands with a compassionate gaze on an elaborate lotus pedestal. Her left hand gently grips a stem which terminates into lotuses at her shoulder.