What is a ‘thangka’?
Who are the 21 Taras?
Tara is the supreme female energy. She is Guan Yin, the Madonna, the mother of all the Buddhas! She is beautiful, strong, fearless; she makes our good qualities bloom and brings both worldly success and spiritual progress. She is the true WonderWoman!
The 21 Taras symbolise the various different qualities of her holy body, speech and mind, and the “Praises to the Twenty-One Taras”, the golden verses painted onto the thangka, express those marvellous qualities and pay homage to them.
Each of the 21 Taras has a special power to help us: to grant long life, prosperity, relationship harmony, to protect us from jealousy, anger, sickness and troublemakers.
Tara is a meditational deity upon whom all the holy beings of the past relied; the great Indian masters of the past, such as Atisha, the great Kadampa masters of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa, and all the lineage gurus of the four Tibetan traditions. See our Tara the Liberator page for more information.
This 21 Taras Thangka is 14.5 metres high and 9.5 metres wide!
It is taller than a 4 storey building, so standing in front of it, you will certainly appreciate why it took the artist, Peter Iseli, so many years to paint it! Below is an artist’s impression of the size of the thangka, compared with that of a suburban home…