This Thangka measures 60*45 cm (24*18 inches) and weights 0.2 kg (0.44 lbs). It is focused on White Tara, with Shakyamuni Buddha at the top, and Chenrezig and Padmasambhava in the upper left and right corners respectively. Aparmita and Namgyalma can be seen in the bottom left and right corners.
|Weight||200 Grams – 0.44 lbs|
|Size||60*45 cm (24*18 inch)|
|Material||Cotton Canvas & Natural Color|
Iconography of White Tara
White Tara is seen as a representation of the wisdom and liberation brought by all Buddhas. She is seen as a symbol of a motherly compassion that is even more powerful than a mother’s love for her own children, and she is driven to help living beings escape suffering.
White Tara, the Mother of All Buddhas, is renowned for her swiftness in answering the pleas of those who call upon her. Her meditation practice is said to bring about health, long life, courage, patience, and tranquility. People often perform White Tara sadhanas to extend their lifespan and treat sickness. It is believed that since Arya Tara is the collective embodiment of the enlightened activity of all Buddhas, her sadhana is easily accomplished.
Gestures and Attributes
Her right hand is open towards us in the gesture of supreme generosity, signifying her ability to fulfill our spiritual and material needs.
Her left hand is in a gesture of providing blessings, safety, and security. She has seven eyes, one on each hand and foot, and the third eye on her face to demonstrate her awareness and response to suffering all around the world; she is seated in the full lotus posture, or vajra.
Her left hand holds the stem of a blossoming white lotus signifying her spiritual perfection and complete purity of body, speech, and mind.
The mantra of White Tara
Iconography of Namgyalma
Namgyalma, also known as Ushnisha Vijaya, is located in the bottom right corner of the White Tara Thangka. This deity is associated with longevity and purification, and her mantra has many beneficial properties.
It is said to be so powerful that anybody who hears it will never again be born from the womb. Therefore, if animals hear it, they will never again be reborn in the lower realms.
The mantra of Ushnisha Vijaya (Namgyalma)
Om Dhrum Soha Om Amrita Ayur Dade Soha
Iconography of Aparmita
Aparmita bottom left corner of white tara in the thangka. Buddha Aparimita is very popular in bestowing long life upon the devotees. He is red in color. His two hands are in dhyana mudra and hold an ambrosia vase.
He is typically adorned with the various adornments associated with a Sambhogakaya Buddha, but never with a consort. He wears a crown and has an Ushnisha atop his head.
The Buddha Aparimita is called upon or venerated in order to extend life expectancy, quickly cure serious illnesses, or protect from imminent peril.
In the Nepalese Mahayana tradition, the dharani of Buddha Aparimita is often recited by devotees in the presence of those who are close to death. It is believed that reciting this dharani with true sincerity will be beneficial for the dying person.
It is said that the renowned Madhyamika Buddhist thinker Arya Nagarjuna was able to avoid his premature demise after chanting this dharani for an entire day and night.
The mantra of Buddha Aparmita
Om A Ma Ra Ni Dzi Wan Ti Ye Soha
Iconography of Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni buddha has his left hand resting in his lap, holding a begging bowl, and his right arm is outstretched across his leg with his fingers touching the ground.
He has a golden complexion, with half-lidded eyes and a gold ornament perched atop his head, giving his hair a stylish look.
A dot (bindi or “urna”) between the eyebrows and the earlobes is elongated and pierced. The shoulders are covered with an orange and red robe wrapped around the torso and legs and tied at the waist with a green sash.
Mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha
The mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha is Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha.
Iconography of Chenrezig
Chenrezig Tibetan Art is visualized in many forms with various numbers of faces and arms, and various colors and ornaments. He sits on a lotus and the flat disc of the moon with another moon disk behind him, reflecting his total purity.
Two of his four arms are joined in the prayer position holding the wish-fulfilling gem. In his other left hand, he holds a lotus flower and in his other right hand, there is a crystal mala which he is using to count the repetitions of his mantra.
Mantra of Chenrezig
The Mantra of Chenrezig is Om Mani Padme Hum.
Iconography of Padmasambhava
The Khatvanga, a staff topped with three severed heads symbolizing the three kayas of a Buddha (dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya), crowned by a Trishula and adorned with a sash of the Himalayan Rainbow or Five Pure Lights of the Mahabhuta, is an essential part of Padmasambhava’s image and is seen as a divine attribute of his.
He stares intently with his wide-open eyes. His outfit consists of a white vajra undershirt, a red robe, a deep blue Mantrayana tunic, a red monastic shawl adorned with a golden floral design, and a maroon cloak of silk brocade. He has one face and two hands.
IIn his right hand, he grasps a five-pronged vajra close to his chest; in his left, which is held in a gesture of tranquility, he holds a skull cup containing a vase of eternal life with the elixir of everlasting knowledge. Resting in his left arm is a three-pointed Khatvanga, symbolizing his consort Mandarava. He wears a five-petalled lotus hat on his head.
Mantra of Padmasambhava
The mantra of Padmasambhava is Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.