White Tara. 2013.

Author: Alexey Leonov
Material: Shamotte
Location: Private collection
Size: 47 х 34 х 27,5

Based on one of the eastern legends, when Lord Avalokiteshvara, the mother hypostasis of the Buddha, saw the entire abyss of suffering of living beings, he wept – two tears rolled from his eyes, which fell to the ground and turned into lotuses. At the same time that the flowers bloomed, White Tara, the patron goddess, sat on one of them. The name Tara is literally translated as savior. She started protecting all living beings from grief and danger and grant them longevity. Her mercy and compassion, her desire to save everyone from the torment of reincarnation are stronger than a mother’s love for her children. Just mentioning the name of White Tara can save a person from many troubles.

Tara, the Savior, embodied in a feminine way the active energy of compassion of Avalokiteshvara. She became the most revered goddess of Tibet, Mongolia and Buryatia, entire nations ask for the help of White Tara.

Before, it was traditionally believed that enlightenment of consciousness can only be gained in the body of a man, and such enlightenment is not available to a woman and she needs to undergo another rebirth. But bodhisattva Tara demonstrated to everyone that for spiritual development there is no difference between men and women. The goddess, despite all superstitions, will work in the body of a woman for the benefit of all living beings until the world of suffering is emptied, and only then will she become a Buddha and directly from the body of a woman will pass to the higher worlds.