Gilt-Copper Figure of Tara
Nepalese, 13th Century keehuachee


From Wiki: “Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tib. སྒྲོལ་མ་, Drolma) or Ārya Tārā, also known as Jetsun Dolma (Tibetan language:rje btsun sgrol ma) in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is known as the "mother of liberation”, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. In Japan she is known as Tarani Bosatsu, and little-known as Duoluo (pinyin: Duōluó púsà, simplified Chinese: 多羅菩薩) in Chinese Buddhism.

Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphoric for Buddhist virtues.

The most widely known forms of Tārā are:

  • Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity
  • White Tārā, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra
  • Red Tārā, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things
  • Black Tārā, associated with power
  • Yellow Tārā, associated with wealth and prosperity 
  • Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger
  • Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā
  • Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the acacia forest), who appeared toNagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the “22nd Tārā”

There is also recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Taras. A practice text entitled In Praise of the 21 Taras, is recited during the morning in all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

The main Tārā mantra is the same for Buddhists and Hindus alike: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā. It is pronounced by Tibetans and Buddhists who follow the Tibetan traditions as oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha.“


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Step 1: Learn some Nepali. Step 2: Impress people.

Hello: Namasté! (Nah-mas-teh)

Good-morning: Shubha prabhat/ Shubha bihani (shoe-bha pra-bhat/ shoe-bha bee-ha-ni)

Thank-you: Dhanyabad! (dhan-ya-baad)

How are you? (formal): Sanchai hunuhuncha? (San-chai hu-nun-cha)

I’m doing very well: Sanchai chu. (San-chai choo)

How’s it going? (informal): K cha

It’s good: Thik cha (Theek cha)

What’s your name? (formal): Hajur ko nam ke paryo? (hah-joor koh nam ke par-yo) OR [slightly less formal] Tapai ko nam ke paryo?

What’s your name? (informal): Timro nam ke ho? (tim-roh nam ke ho?)

My name is ___: Mero nam _____ ho. (meh-roh nam ____ hoh)

Sorry, I don’t understand: Maf garnu hola, mailey bujhina. (maaf gar-noo hoe-la, mai-leh boo-jhee-nah)

How much is this?: Yesko kati? (Yes-ko ka-tee)

 

Different versions of “you” in Nepali: Hajur (hah-joor) [very formal], Tapai (tah-pai) [less formal], Timi (tee-me) [informal], Taa (tonh, nasal sounding) [very informal]. I’ll have to make a different post explaining situations where you’d have to use each one. 

NEPAL, Kathmandu : A Nepalese Hindu devotee looks on after performing a ceremonial bath in the holy Bagmati River at the Pashupatinath Temple during the month-long Swasthani festival in Kathmandu on January 20, 2015. Scores of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation are marking the month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness. AFP PHOTO / Prakash MATHEMA