Legend has it that White Tara was born from a single tear of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. She was born of a broken heart and a compassionate wish. As Chenrezig surveyed the suffering of all beings, great sorrow arose in his heart, a tear fell from his right eye and Mother Tara was born. She stood before him and vowed to help all beings until not even the word suffering could be heard. She is easily recognized by the Wisdom eye in the center of her forehead, open, seeing with penetrating clarity. She has eyes in the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet as a symbol of her all knowing, all seeing wisdom.
Her sacred, abundant energy has been alive in my life in many profound ways. She appears as a guide in my daily meditations. Songs are sung about the Warrior Goddess Queen that initiated my journey into awakening praising her as an emanation of White Tara. I have had the inconceivable blessing of receiving many White Tara teachings and empowerments from great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the recent decades. Sedona’s first stupa, a 6’ White Tara long life stupa dedicated to the Venerable Gyaltrul Rinpoche sits among the red rocks. I had the honor of playing an integral role in its creation including sculpting the relief of White Tara resting at its heart. Tattooed on my right shoulder, an image of White Tara, she is an ever-present reminder of the Divine Sacred alive in my life. A painting of White Tara my first commission as a pointillist painter. I did not plan it this way; I see in hindsight that she seems to walk with me in each moment. She is welcome. I am grateful.
She was with me again this weekend when I made my first small footprint on the Phoenix art scene. The fifth largest city in our country, I was delighted to be invited to show there. The venue was small and off the beaten path and it was perfect: the SPACE.
Skillfully promoted and perfectly presented the opening event was well attended. All the artists made sales. The music was divine, Adam Smith shined. Towards the end of the evening space opened for others to spontaneously share their talents, the moment was perfect for a jam session. Thank you to Jim and Adam for all you did to make the evening possible, for your professionalism and your generous hospitality 😉 It was a success.
The day of the show I posted a picture on facebook of a limited edition fine art print of Mother Tara, 6’ tall, standing next to me. We were headed for the show. I was excited. White Tara expanded, in your face, was coming with me to Phoenix! She would shine her radiant blessings on all she encountered, those seen and unseen. My protector, my inspiration, the radiant presence of this Goddess of Love, of Peace, longevity and abundance, I loaded her in the back of my steadfast Chevy pick up and we headed South to step on to a new stage; we were welcomed so beautifully by friends old and new. She was hung in a space of honor, she received accolades from the crowd, she was invited to live in the entryway of a fine home of a dear man in Scottsdale. She was delivered today. May he too experience her extraordinary blessings.
The original painting measured less than three feet high but has many stories to tell. The image was originally commissioned here in Sedona by a talented acupuncturist currently practicing in Maryland. It was then gifted to a Russian countess and her husband who live in America and are big supporters of the Tibetan Buddhist community. They in turn donated the painting to a local Buddhist center of which we were all a part. It then came to be in my care to be sold again to raise funds to support the centers activities. When I last saw it, it was resting in the collection of Nicholas Cage, one of the many stories worth telling.
White Tara has been there when doors have opened for me. They are opening on many levels. She may be the one opening them; in her humility she just smiles. A fully awakened Goddess extraordinaire, I prostrate with the fullness of my being to the depth and breadth of her compassionate regard. May my own heart open so fully and my commitments run as deep.
This image is available as a Limited edition Fine Art Print
Hand Embellished with Tibetan blessing symbols,
Numbered (ed/108) and Signed by the artist