The 21 Praises to Noble Lady Tara
Mother of the Buddha’s Compassion
Tara, the most beloved of Buddhist deities, appears in in many forms. Born from the tear of Avaloketeshvara, she is the first known female bodhisattva, an aspect of the mother goddess and a powerful protector to those with faith in her. She is akin to the Virgin Mary in the west and to Saraswati in the east. Each verse pays homage to the various aspects of her appearance: as a benevolent provider to the children, the sick and those in need as well as a powerful protector against negative forces. The Prayer to the 21 Taras, traced back to 9th century India, became very famous in Tibet and is unusual in that it retains the 8 syllable cadence of it's Sanskrit origins.