"Green Tara, Bodhisattva of Compassion in Action" – Laura Santi


Tara, the legendary female Bodhisattva known as the "Savioiress", represents the feminine aspect of compassion. Green Tara radiates with the energy of spring, potent with awaking and growth. No ordinary being, she is exquisitely beautiful and ethereal. As a Bodhisattva, she is dedicated to helping others. She wears the jewels and silk garments of a princess, a representative of the pantheon of Buddhist exemplars come to teach us. She spontaneously aids and protects all, her compassion available to any. She holds two blue lotuses that represent her purity and power. Her right-hand rests on her knee, open in the mudra of supreme giving. Her left hand, poised in front of her heart, forms the mudra of protection and fearlessness.

Laura Santi began her working life as a graphic designer in 1981 before the time of computers, when art was done by hand. She moved into the Movement Center Ashram which teaches tantric practice, following two lineages received through Sri Saraswati Swami Chetanananda and Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche. Switching careers, she practiced acupuncture for 23 years, incorporating the silent version of Chöd in her practice. She returned to the arts in 2001, and now writes, and paints Buddhist and Hindu deities.

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