To honor Green Tara ... Each container topped Her flower ... a blue lotus
This incense has a base of a traditional blend from Bhutan to honor Green Tara. We have enhanced the fragrance with Rhododendron flowers from Nepal, Lawudo incense from the Women’s monastery in Nepal, Green Frankincense, Himalayan Juniper, Thuja Cedar, and a touch of golden Benzoin.
A truly sacred incense for offerings, prayers, blessings or to create a sacred space.
On Tara …
Tara is a complex and many aspected deity, she has many faces, but all are strong, wise, beautiful and filled with Compassion.
“Mother Tara will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal and spiritual development.”
Tara, (like Buddhism itself) is believed to have originated from Hinduism. Tara is thought to be a manifestation of the goddess Parvati, the personification of love and devotion. But to be more specific, the story of Tara’s origin comes from Avalokiteśvara or the “lord that looks down”. This bodhisattva (a being that has the sole wish to remove suffering from humanity), began to weep one day at the intense suffering of sentient beings. Eventually, he cried so much that his tears began to form a lake…and out of this lake sprang forth a Blue lotus containing Tara. Tara, having been birthed from compassion, began to labor behind the scenes day and night to relieve suffering from humanity, eventually incarnating in multiple forms…all women.
Tara eventually took on multiple “interpretations” in Buddhism, which led to depictions of different colors. Each one represented a different aspect of Divinity. The most popular were her green and white forms; green for enlightened activity, white for serenity and grace.
Tara and Feminine Wisdom
One important aspect that came out of this story is not just Tara herself…it’s the recognition that all women had Tara within themselves. Back then, (around 600 BC) it was not exactly commonplace to give women an equal standing with men. Especially in regards to religion. So, when there was a mass acceptance of a goddess that emanated Divinity, and the belief that all women carried that same Divinity with them, suddenly there began to be a shift in consciousness in the way women were treated.
The Dalai Lama even talked about this very issue in 1989:
There is a true feminist movement in Buddhism that relates to the goddess Tara. Following her cultivation of bodhicitta, the bodhisattva’s motivation, she looked upon the situation of those striving towards full awakening and she felt that there were too few people who attained Buddhahood as women. So she vowed, “I have developed bodhicitta as a woman. For all my lifetimes along the path I vow to be born as a woman, and in my final lifetime when I attain Buddhahood, then, too, I will be a woman.”