Cultures & Traditions

Tara

Tara is the most important female bodhisattva, particularly in Tibet, Nepal, and Mongolia where Vajrayana Buddhism is practiced. She is the consort of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and like him is a bodhisattva of compassion. Tara has two main forms: Syamatara (Green Tara) and Sitatara (White Tara). In all her forms, Tara is a maternal and merciful figure who brings prosperity and happiness. She helps devout Buddhists pass beyond greed and desire to a purer state of being.

Adapted from

A. Lesovsky, "Curatorial Public," 3 May 2013. File on TAZ