Homage to her, who pounds and stamps on the ground
With the palms of her hands and her feet;
She frowns, destroying the seven underworlds
With the syllable "Hum."
—from The Twenty-one Praises of Tara ( stanza #14)
Black Tara is called Bhrkutitara, the Wrathful Summoner. This Tara's special activity is subjugating the negative forces that cause harm to the Dharma or to sentient beings. Her mantra is om tare tuttare ture vajra mahaa paadaya bhasmim kuru svaha. The iconography of the Tara in this giclee thangka print comes from the tradition of Atisha (982-1054 AD), the great Indian master who reintroduced the practice of Tara in Tibet during the 11th century.
This museum quality giclee print is a fine art reproduction of an original thangka painting by the official artist of the Sakya Trizin. Perfect in iconographical detail, it is printed onto acid-free, heavy watercolor paper with archival ink. The iris giclee process renders the highest degree of accuracy and richness of color available through reproduction. The resulting print is an art form in itself and offers buyers a reasonable alternative to purchasing an original thangka painting.
Image is 11 3/4" x 15 3/4" with 2 1/4" border. Finished print size is 16" x 20". Comes ready to frame.
The Four Karma (Action) Taras
The Four Karma (Action) Taras are emanations of the beloved diety Green Tara who is called the Mother of all the Buddhas and who is the embodiment of their enlightened activity. Each Tara represents one of the Four Enlightened Activities of a Buddha - pacifying (White Tara), enriching (Gold Tara), empowering (Red Tara), and subduing (Black Tara).
The Four Karma (Action) Taras originate from the tantra known as The Twenty-one Praises of Tara. This system of practice utilizes twenty-one emanations of the goddess Tara, each with her own form, mantra, and special activity. Each stanza of the Praises corresponds to a particular Tara emanation.
The four specific forms of the Karma (Action) Taras can be invoked for overcoming particular obstacles or fears. One may practice them after receiving empowerment and transmission of The Twenty-one Praises of Tara from a qualified teacher. The iconography of the Taras in this collection of giclee thangka prints comes from the tradition of Atisha (982-1054 AD), the great Indian master who reintroduced the practice of Tara in Tibet during the 11th century.