Tibetan Thangka painting depicting White Tara Mandala Large Size is perfect for various home décor ideas! This 100% hand-drawn Thangka painting made in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal can be decorated as an elegant and eccentric wall hanging in your home or office being a centrepiece of attention. It can also be placed on your family altar for meditation purposes as well as spiritual and emotional healing, attracting benevolent energy of the Tibetan Buddhist art.
Fine Quality Tibetan Thangka Painting
Dimensions: 100 x 80 cm
Interior Painting: 38 x 38 cm
Materials: Tibetan Colors Combination With Dust Of Gold Hide Glue
Canvas: Tibetan Organic Cotton
Origin: Hand Painted In Nepal
High Quality Silk Framed
More about White Tara Mandala Thangka Art
White Tara, also known as Sitatara is the emanation of Tara who is connected with health, strength and longevity. Her mantra is “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jñana Pustim Kuru Svaha”. The mantra is written in Tibetan language on the bottom part of the mandala and it is a good auspicious for a long life and well-being.
Tibetans pray to White Tara especially for health, healing and longevity. She offers healing to our wounds, whether it is our bodies or our minds that have been hurt.
The White Tara Long Life Initiation (Dolkar Tsewang) is very popular among Tibetans. At the 2011 White Tara Long Life Initiation by Tritul Jampa Kalden Rinpoche at the US Tibet House, this nice explanation of its purpose was offered:
Benefits of and Reasons for Seeking White Tara Initiation
You might have obstacles in your life that could cause your untimely death. If the obstacles are due to your good karma and merit being exhausted, then in order to prolong your life now and to have longevity in future lives, you need to practice powerful ways to collect a lot of merit, such as taking long life initiations, reciting the mantras of long life deities, saving the lives of animals and people, offering medicine to people and taking care of sick people, offering food, clothing and shelter to the poor people.
If the obstacles in your life and untimely death are due to negative karma, the solution is to purify it. You can also make butter lamp (light) offerings to the Triple Gem. Butter lamp offerings help you develop Dharma wisdom and clairvoyance due to their nature of dispelling the darkness around holy objects.
White Tara is extremely powerful. Tara is very close to sentient beings, like a mother to her children. She is very quick to fulfill our wishes and to grant us happiness and a long life, as well as to help us develop wisdom. By taking refuge in Tara and practicing meditation, visualizations, and having faith, you have the power to remove obstacles to your life and to prolong your life.
Tara is closely related to Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. One story of her origin says that she was born from Chenrezig’s compassionate tears.1 People also think of her as the female manifestation of Chenrezig, or his consort.
Though all the manifestations of Tara share the characteristic of compassion through this connection to Chenrezig, it is White Tara who is most closely linked to his essential compassionate nature.
Her pure compassion for our suffering, which is thought to be greater even than a mother’s love for her child, is symbolized in images of White Tara by her white color. Her whiteness also indicates the “undifferentiated truth of the Dharma.”2
In comparison to Green Tara, who is shown seated with one leg on the ground, ready to come to our defense, White Tara is seated in the more meditative diamond lotus position, with both legs folded under her, and her feet facing skyward.3
White Tara has 7 eyes — with an eye in her forehead, and one on each hand and foot — symbolizing her compassionate vigilance to see all the suffering of the world.
Her left hand is in the protective mudra and her right in the wish-granting mudra. In her left hand she usually holds a stem of the Utpala lotus flower with three blossoms. One blossom is represented as a seed, a second as ready to bloom, and the third in full bloom. These represent the Buddhas of the past, future and present.
Often, a small image of Amitabha, a Buddha known for longevity, is portrayed as seated in White Tara’s headdress or slightly above her head.
There are infinite varieties of Tara statues and images in Tibet. (If you wish to experience them for yourself, you can learn how to visit Tibet here.)
There are different ways to pray to White Tara, including the Praises to the 21 Taras prayer and the White Tara Sadhana.
We can also recite White Tara’s mantra, which has a multitude of variations.
What Is A Thangka Painting?
A thangka, variously spelt as thangka, tangka, thanka, or tanka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front. So treated, thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. Most thangkas are relatively small, comparable in size to a Western half-length portrait, but some are extremely large, several metres in each dimension; these were designed to be displayed, typically for very brief periods on a monastery wall, as part of religious festivals. Most thangkas were intended for personal meditation or instruction of monastic students. They often have elaborate compositions including many very small figures. A central deity is often surrounded by other identified figures in a symmetrical composition. Narrative scenes are less common, but do appear.
White Tara Mantra
First, let’s look at the mantra, then talk about how we can use it.
The White Tara mantra has a number of variations, but a common one in its Sanskrit form is:
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYUH PUNYA JNANA PUSTIME KURU SVAHA.
The Tibetan way to say the mantra is this:
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYUR PUNE GYANA PUNTIN KURU SOHA
What Does the Mantra Mean and How Do You Use It?
The White Tara mantra begins in the same way as the basic Green Tara mantra, with OM TARE TUTTARE TURE. (We leave off the final SOHA).
You can see a deeper explanation on our Green Tara mantra blog post, but one short way to interpret that mantra is “I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all Victorious Ones.”
In the White Tara version of the mantra, we add MAMA AYUR PUNE GYANA PUNTIN KURU SOHA.
This is essentially a strong request (even a demand4) for increased longevity, merit and wisdom, where AYUR, PUNE, and GYANA refer to life, merit and wisdom. The White Tara mantra and seed syllables article at the Visible Mantra site, notes that “Mama __X__ puṣṭiṃ kuru means something like ‘make my X increase.'”
In an article on the White Tara mantra on the Wildmind Buddhist Meditation site, they break the mantra down this way:
mama = mine, means that I would like to possess the following qualities.
ayur = long life
punya = merit that comes form living life ethically. [Tibetan: pune]
jnana = wisdom [Tibetan: gyana]
pushtim = increase [Tibetan: puntin]
kuru = do so! do it now!
svaha = hail, or may blessings be upon [Tibetan: soha]