Monday, March 4, 2013

Buddhist Red Tara

Red Tara is the female deity of the Buddhist Boddhisatwa of compassion, Avalokiteswora. She is the Goddess of Wealth and Bountifulness. She has a single face because she embodies non-dual wisdom beyond conventional distinctions of good and evil.
She hold a very prominent position in Tibet and Nepal. She is naked because she is unconditioned by discursive thoughts.  One Buddhist Dakini originating from the country of Uddiyana is the goddess. For this reason, Kurukulla is often called the Red Tara (sgrol-ma dmar-po) Red Tara (Kurukulla) is known as the passionate lotus dakini, originated from the country of Uddiyana.  She is said to have emanated from the Buddha Amitabha.

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Among Amitabha's three female emanations Kurukulla is the most important one.  Kurukulla is often called Red Tara (sgrol-ma dmar-po) or Tarodbhava Kurukulla, "the Kurukulla who arises from Tara."  According to the texts, Kurukulla is a sixteen year old maiden because sixteen is an auspicious number which signifies perfection (four times four).  She is red in color because of her magical function of enchantment and magnetism. She has four arms because of the four immeasurable states of mind, namely, love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.  She holds an arrow stretched on a bow entwined with flowers and leaves because she can give rise to thoughts of desire in the minds of others.

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