White Tara is the mother of all Buddhas. The Goddess White Tara is the female personification of compassion. Born of a tear from the eye of Avalokiteshwara, literally her name means "saviors". White Tara represents the enlightened and liberating activity of all the Buddhas. White Tara embodies the motherly aspect of universal compassion. Her compassion for living beings and her desire to save them from suffering is said to be even stronger than a mother's love for her children. White Tara, the Mother of all Buddhas, is known for her swiftness in responding to the prayers of those who invoke her name. White Tara meditation practice is said to grant health, long life, fearlessness, patience, and peace.
White Tara represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color indicates purity, but also indicates that she is Truth, complete and undifferentiated. White Tara has seven eyes: the two usual eyes, plus an eye in the centre of her forehead and pair of eyes in each of her hands and feet. These indicate that she sees all suffering and all cries for help in the universe. With her right hand she makes the boon granting gesture and her left hand, holding the stem of a white lotus flower between her thumb and fourth finger, is in the protection position. The elaborate lotus flower, held in the left hand is called Utpala. It contains three blooms: the first, with seeds, symbolizes the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second in full flower, symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; and the third, ready to bloom, symbolizes the future Buddha Maitreya. This signifies that White Tara is the essence of all the three Buddhas of the past, the present and the future. White Tara sits with both legs raised and crossed in the Vajra Position and regally displays both grace and calm.
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