Green Tara Ltd. Edition Signed Giglee Print on Acid Free Paper by Urgyen Gyalpo
Measurement: 22.5" x 15"
Tara (Dölma), Ārya Tārā, or Shayama Tara, also known as Jetsun Dölma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism, and as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is known as the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. She is known as Tara Bosatsu in Japan, and occasionally as Duōluó Púsà in Chinese Buddhism.
Tārā is a meditation deity worshiped by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and to understand outer, inner and secret teachings such as karuṇā (compassion), mettā (loving-kindness), and shunyata (emptiness). Tārā may more properly be understood as different aspects of these same qualities, as in bodhisattvana.
There is also recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Tārās. A practice text entitled Praises to the Twenty-One Taras, is the most prominent text on Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. Another key text is the Tantra Which is the Source for All the Functions of Tara, Mother of All the Tathagatas.
The main Tārā mantra is the same for Buddhists and Hindus alike: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā. It is pronounced by Tibetans and Buddhists who follow the Tibetan traditions as oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha. The literal translation would be “Oṃ O Tārā, I pray O Tārā, O Swift One, So Be It!”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Traditional Thangka Painting ( Karma Gadri) & Realistic Art
Urgyen Gyalpo received his formal training in authentic Traditional Himalayan Buddhist Arts & Thangka Painting at the acclaimed Tsering Art School in Katmandu Nepal from 1996-2006. Gyalpo-la was trained under one of the most highly respected and esteemed painting masters of today, Venerable Konchog Ladrepa. After my training he took on an administrative role for one year while continuing to refine his skills. The style of painting he executes is called the Karma Gadri style. A form of painting from eastern Tibet that is known for it’s spacious landscapes and transparent hues.
In 2004 Gyalpo-la participated in the UNESCO workshop on Thangka restoration and conservation in Nepal.
At Shechen Monastery located in Bodh Gaya, India, Gyalpo-la painted the complete collection of mural paintings depicted the twelve sacred aspects of the Life of the Buddha and painted the monasteries sacred statues as well. Gyalpo-la also completed the first painted depictions of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s terma as frescos in the temple of Khawalung Monastery in Nepal.