White Tara

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White Tara (Tib.: Drolkar)

Female Buddha of Long Life

White Tara painted by Carmen Mensink
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 classes on White Tara

Carmen regularly offers White Tara workshops. The sketches and painting below are made by her students. If you want to learn how to draw or paint a thangka of White Tara yourself, please see the upcoming thangka classes section.



In 2017 and 2018 several courses on White Tara are scheduled:

Nederland / Zwolle / 6 t/m 8 okt. 2017 / Witte Tara, Boeddha van Lang Leven

Bintan Island / Singapore/Indonesia / Jan. 11-14, 2018 / Buddha Drawing Retreat


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