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White Tara (Tib.: Drolkar)
Female Buddha of Long Life
White Tara Thangka Painting on canvas
Copyright: © Carmen Mensink 2009
Status: Sold (but can be painted on commission)
The female Buddha White Tara is one of the main longevity deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon.
Her meditation practice can be done to prolong your life and to overcome illnesses and other life-threatening obstacles. You can also offer an image of White Tara to a baby to wish that this newly born may have a long life ahead.
White Tara is often depicted together with Amitayus and Ushnisha Vijaya, and the three of them form the set of Three Buddhas of Long Life.
This is a closeup of the artwork. It was painted by Carmen Mensink within 24hrs during a special ritual to generate a lot of Long Life energy for somebody in a very short time.
For this painting, Carmen started at 9am and finished exactly at 8am the next morning. It’s an amazing practice to keep your concentration high all the time, especially because the last thing one does is paint face.
The Seven Widdom Eyes
Tara has 7 eyes, 3 in her face and 4 on her hand palms and foot soles, as you can see from her drawings and sketches:
These seven eyes enable her to clearly ‘see’ all beings.
Thangka Art Courses on White Tara
Online White Tara Thangka Art Courses are offered regularly through the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art.
You can also check out the upcoming Thangka Art Courses on location in Europe, US and Asia.
The drawings and paintings below are made by Carmen Mensink’s students.
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