Tara in Kona (Black & White) – Faith Stone
White Tara is the goddess of wisdom and compassion. She is the female Buddha and is also invoked for long life. I have depicted her in a Hawaiian setting with a rooster and mynah bird which we see all over the Big Island. White Tara has 7 eyes: 2 on her feet, 2 on her palms and 2 on her face plus her third eye in the center of her forehead. This represents her ability to see and be aware of those in need.
She is said to have been born from Chenrezig’s tears. Chenrezig having made a commitment to remain until all sentient beings attained enlightenment was discouraged to see how many beings were still trapped in the cycle of samsara. The Taras came to help with his task. She wears the crown and adornments of Sambhokakaya, the Bodhisattva jewels and robes. She is invoked for long life. Her mantra is: Om Tare Tutare Ture Swaha.
This is an original woodblock print. I painstakingly carved a large mokuhanga woodblock and then hand-rubbed onto mulberry paper using a bamboo baren. Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese wood carving and printing technique. It is labor-intensive with hand-carving and hand-rubbing the prints using watercolor inks.
Tara’s mantra is: Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Svaha.
Size: 22″ x 28″ (56×72 cm).