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Who is Black Tara?

by Eddy Hsu 1月 03, 2024

Who is Black Tara?

Black Tara is a prominent Buddhist deity in Tibetan Buddhism. She is one of the twenty-one Taras, a group of female deities who play significant roles in Buddhism.  Black Tara is associated with compassion and enlightened activity.  

Black Tara is often depicted with a blue-black complexion, fierce expression, and multiple arms, each holding various symbolic objects.  She is a wrathful manifestation of Tara.  In Tibetan Buddhism, Tara is considered a figure who embodies the feminine aspect of enlightenment and is revered for her compassion and swift assistance to those in need. The various forms of Tara, including Black Tara, are invoked for protection, healing, and the removal of obstacles on the spiritual path.

Black Tara specifically is associated with power, strength, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Her wrathful appearance symbolizes her energetic and forceful nature in dealing with challenges. Devotees may turn to Black Tara for courage, protection, and assistance in overcoming difficulties. It's important to note that the interpretation and significance of deities can vary among different Buddhist traditions and practitioners.



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