White Tara is often referred to as the Mother of all the Buddhas, and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. People meditate on White Tara for peace, prosperity, strength, health and longevity. White Tara is white in color and usually portrayed in the vajra posture (lotus position). In her right hand she makes a blessing gesture and her left hand is in the gesture of providing protection. In her left hand she holds the stem of a white lotus flower between her third and fourth finger. This elaborate lotus flower contains three blooms: the first is in seed and represents the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second is in full bloom and symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and signifies the future Buddha Maitreya.
According to a sutra, Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva had been saving enumerable brings from the ocean of suffering; however when he found further countless beings still waiting, his heart ached so much out of compassion and tears dropped from his eyes. It is said that those tears turned into lotus flowers in which White Tara and Green Tara appeared, and vowed before Avalokiteshvara that they would help in liberating living beings.
Size: 17.5cm x 22.5cm