Tara White As Autumn Moon

Arya-Shukla-Kanta-Tara, Tara White as Autumn Moon (Dar mo zla mdangs koi Sgrol ma)

Homage to her, whose face is like a gathering
Of one hundred autumn full moons,
Who, like a cluster of a thousand stars,
Blazes light illuminating everything.

On a lotus and moon, from TA appears White Tara with tree faces, white, blue and yellow and twelve arms. The first pair of hands are in the contemplative gesture. The other right hands hold khatvanga, wheel, jewel, vajra and garland of flowers. The other left hands hold water-jug, utpala, bell, flask and book.

Like a hundred luminous autumn moons, she is radiant white, indicating that she liberates sentient beings by peaceful methods and can pacify all their disturbing attitudes. She is standing, and her specialty is pacifying infectious diseases. Here, we’re particularly praising her brightness and the luminous radiance of her countenance, which comes from having practiced virtue for so long. When someone cultivates a kind heart, her face lights up and the energy around her changes.

Iconography by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
21 Taras by Indian artist VV Sarpar.

Sources: Khyentse Foundation.
“How To Free Your Mind” by Thubten Chodron.