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Vertical Prayer Flags - Praise to the 21 Taras


 
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Vertical Prayer Flag - Green w/yellow border (2nd from right)

Praise to the 21 Taras (Compassion)

Dar Cho, for tying onto poles. 20 inches by six feet. Made in Kathmandu, Nepal using traditional methods of wood block printing on good quality cotton fabric.

Tara's origin stories are many, but in one tale there is a young princess who lives on a planet of a different solar system, millions of years in our past.
Her name is Yeshe Dawa, which means "Moon of Primordial Awareness". For quite a number of aeons she makes offerings to the Buddha of that world system "Tonyo Drupa". She receives special instruction from him concerning bodhicitta the heart-mind of a bodhisattva. After doing this, some monks approach her and suggest that because of her level of attainment she should next pray to be reborn as a male to progress further. At this point she lets the monks know in no uncertain terms that from the point of view of Enlightenment it is only "weak minded worldlings" who see gender as a barrier to attaining enlightenment. She sadly notes there have been few who wish to work for the welfare of beings in a female form though. Therefore she resolves to always be reborn as a female bodhisattva, until samsara is no more. She then stays in a palace in a state of meditation for some ten million years, and the power of this practice releases tens of millions of beings from suffering. As a result of this Tonyo Drupa tells her she will henceforth manifest supreme bodhi as the Goddess Tara in many world systems to come.

Fortunately for us, our solar system is one of them!

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