The Green Tara, or Shyamatara, sits on a lotus in a small lake that was formed from Avalokiteshvara's tear. Her right had is held in Varamudra, the gesture of giving, offering believers her help. The thumb and forefinger of her left hand are pressed together in the symbol of wisdom and compassion. Her three raised fingers represent the Triratna: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
In Tibet, Tara is incarnated in all virtuous women. She has a mortal base in the the Nepali and Chinese princess who married the great King Songtsan Gampo and is credited with the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet.
The Green Tara offers protection from all dangers, consisting of: lions, snakes, elephants, thieves, fire, water, demons, and prisons. In Tibet, it is thought that by making offerings to the Green Tara, a person will live a smooth life and their descendants will grow to prosper and his virtue and achievements will be unlimited.
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