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Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā) or Ārya Tārā, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears 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. The most widely known forms of Tārā are: Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity White Tārā, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra
Green Tara is an archetype of our own inner wisdom. She guides and protects us as we navigate the depths of our unconscious minds, helping us to transform consciousness, our own personal journeys of freedom. It is the goddess Tara who helps us to remain "centered". The myths of the Goddess Tara remind us of our "oneness" with all of creation and the importance of nurturing the spirit within.
Tara is one of the few female bodhisattvas among the Buddhist deities. Historical records of Tara begin around the 6th century CE. She most likely evolved from Hindu Goddess Parvati or Braham Goddess Durgaa. Legend states that when the God Avalokiteshvara looked out upon the work and saw all the suffering and despair, he wept. His tears collected into a pond which grew a single lotus. The lotus bloomed and upon it was Tara. She was born to bring compassion into the world.