Tibetan Buddhist Saviour Goddess Green Tara

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Tara is a female bodhisattva known in Mahayana Buddhism (a Buddha in the Vajrayana tradition). She is called Jetsun Dolma in Tibet and is also revered as the mother of liberation who represents hard work and success. She is also a meditation deity that guides those who wish to develop inner spirituality, compassion, loving-kindness, and even emptiness. She is the female aspect of Avalokiteśvara or the Buddha of Compassion.

The narrative of the Twenty-one Taras is also known throughout Buddhism. Among the many taras, the Green Tara is one of the most popular manifestations. She is usually known to protect against fear and eight other obstacles in life, such as pride, ignorance, hatred, jealousy, wrong views, avarice, attachment, and doubts. The Green Tara is also highly associated with enlightening activities and abundance. In this thangka, Tara is drawn in her compassionate state, one foot touching the ground as a sign of being ready to offer compassion to those who suffer. She sits on a lotus throne which represents her freedom from material attachments and defilement. On top of the throne is a lunar disk which symbolizes peacefulness. Her left hand is in a refuge-blessing mudra or position. Meanwhile, her right hand is in a boon-giving mudra. Zoom in on this hand and she can be seen holding a blue lotus (utpala) which symbolizes enlightenment. Her skin is painted with a teal-green hue, further highlighted with the warm orange tones of her clothes and aura outlines. Notice that she also wears ornaments and necklaces which symbolizes her being a divine one. At the very top of her crown is a symbol for Buddha Amitabha, or the Buddha of Infinite Light.

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Tibetan Thangka Painting
Dimensions Size of Painted Surface 10.5 inch X 13 inch
Size with Brocade 21 inch X 34 inch
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Unveiling the Divine Art: Journey into the Making of Thangkas

A Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting that usually depicts a Buddhist Deity (Buddha or Bodhisattva), a scene, or a mandala. These paintings are considered important paraphernalia in Buddhist rituals. They are used to teach the life of the Buddha, various lamas, and Bodhisattvas to the monastic students, and are also useful in visualizing the deity while meditating. One of the most important subjects of thangkas is the Bhavacakra (the wheel of life) which depicts the Art of Enlightenment. It is believed that Thangka paintings were developed over the centuries from the murals, of which only a few can be seen in the Ajanta caves in India and the Mogao caves in Gansu Province, Tibet.

Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk applique and are usually small in size. The artist of these paintings is highly trained and has a proper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, knowledge, and background to create a realistic and bona fide painting.
The process of making a thangka begins with stitching a loosely woven cotton fabric onto a wooden frame. Traditionally, the canvas was prepared by coating it with gesso, chalk, and base pigment. Image
After this, the outline of the form of the deity is sketched with a pencil or charcoal onto the canvas using iconographic grids. The drawing process is followed in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scriptures. The systematic grid helps the artist to make a geometrical and professional painting. When the drawing of the figures is finalized and adjusted, it is then outlined with black ink. Image
Earlier, a special paint of different colors was made by mixing powdered forms of organic (vegetable) and mineral pigments in a water-soluble adhesive. Nowadays, artists use acrylic paints instead. The colors are now applied to the sketch using the wet and dry brush techniques. One of the characteristic features of a thangka is the use of vibrant colors such as red, blue, black, green, yellow, etc. Image
In the final step, pure gold is coated over some parts of the thangka to increase its beauty. Due to this beautification, thangkas are much more expensive and also stand out from other ordinary paintings. Image
Thangka paintings are generally kept unrolled when not on display on the wall. They also come with a frame, a silken cover in front, and a textile backing to protect the painting from getting damaged. Because Thangkas are delicate in nature, they are recommended to be kept in places with no excess moisture and where there is not much exposure to sunlight. This makes them last a long time without their colors fading away. Painting a thangka is an elaborate and complex process and requires excellent skills. A skilled artist can take up to 6 months to complete a detailed thangka painting. In earlier times, thangka painters were lamas that spent many years on Buddhist studies before they painted.
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