'Tara is depicted as a sixteen-year-old pure virgin. She has the same role as Avalokiteshvara. She’s a young woman who already has great mercy for the world.
In this picture, White Tara sits in full lotus with seven eyes to see what’s happening all around her. The blue flower in the painting is called uḍumbara. According to Buddhist legend, this flower blossoms every three thousand years. It’s thought that to see a fully awakened person is so rare, it is like seeing an uḍumbara flower.
This painting is a tribute to Atisha, a prince from Bengal, who brought the teachings of Tara as mother to Buddhists in Tibet. Before traveling to Tibet to teach, Atisha was told that his life would be shortened by twenty years if he made the journey because of the harsh life in the cold Tibetan plateau. But this did not sway him from making the journey. His sacrifice for the teachings of Tara made me realize that in order to achieve enlightenment, Buddhists must sacrifice themselves. Reading the story of Atisha’s life made me want to know more about the Tara teachings." –Mayumi Oda
A giclée (zhee-KLAY) is a fine art archival pigment print. A reproduction of an original art work, the piece is digitally photographed and then precisely reproduced on a large format printer.
Our giclées are printed using the longest lasting pigmented inks on the finest papers available. We use a water based pigment printer on pH balanced paper or fabric. The best quality prints are currently created with 12-color ink sets, as used by our printer.
At this time, this is the only format in which to own Mayumi’s large thangka paintings. Each giclée is signed by Mayumi and includes Japanese calligraphy along the border. Due to their hand-painted nature, calligraphy will vary slightly.