White Tara (or Sitatara in Sanskrit) is the name for the
Tibetan goddess of compassion also known as "Drolkar".
Often referred to as the Mother of all the Buddhas; she
represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her seven
eyes (on the palms of her hands, soles of her feet, and
her forehead) symbolize the vigilance of her compassion.
Seated in the meditation posture, her right hand is in the
gesture of supreme generosity and on her left holds the
lotus of compassion with the mudra of the three jewels
(Buddha, Dharma, Sangha).
White Tara is one of the three deities of long life, thus
associated with longevity of life. White Tara counteracts
illness and thereby helps to bring about a long life. She
embodies the motivation that is compassion and is said to
be as white and radiant as the moon, also known as The
Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra
White Tara brings the devotee healing, long life and
protects against all dangers. As a figure that represents
the mother of all living creatures, she strives constantly to
alleviate the sufferings of those around her. White Tara
is an emanation of Amitayus (Tib. Tsepameh) the
longevity aspect of Amitabha. In protector form, White
Tara, with a violet or rainbow aureole, is the Chintamani
Chakra Tara (The Jewelled Wheel).
If done with sincerity and devotion, this practice "can lead
to the experience of perfect awakening." As Tara is the
very nature of the dharmakaya, and her practice as yidam
(meditational deity) is a means for attaining liberation.
At the same time, the recitation of the White Tara mantra
invokes Tārā's energy through its Sanskrit seed syllables
and this purifies and activates certain psychic centers of
the body (chakras), which in turns will untangles knots of
psychic energy which have hindered the practitioner from
developing a Vajra body, which is necessary in order to
progress to more advanced practices and deeper stages
of realization. The mantra is a request to Tara for
increase in our longevity, merit and wisdom.
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