Glossary

Tara

Tara

A deity in Buddhist and Hindu mythology, who is considered the female counterpart of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is one of the ten Mahavidyas and a form of Adishakti (a Tantric manifestation of the Hindu goddess Parvati) in Hinduism. The goddess is considered central in scriptural Tantric practices and is especially revered in Tibetan Buddhist worship. From the Sanskrit tar, meaning “protection.”

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