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Buddhadharma : Summer 2006
summer 2006| 26 |buddhadharma and flung it away, and suddenly Tara appeared and said, “I am here to help you.” It is also said that Tara was originally an actual human being like us. She worked to develop herself, just as Buddha Shakya- muni did. As a bodhisattva, she was committed to helping all beings. And as a bodhisattva, she was able to choose the form of her rebirth. Tara chose to remain in female form. The importance of feminine energy Why did Tara choose to remain as a female? She chose to because of the importance of feminine energy and because a lot of cultures treat females as inferior, even though they are just as capable of enlightenment as males. At some point in world history, it was decided that the female body was inferior. It’s unfortunate, but that represented the thinking in those societ- ies. That is why Tara made the decision to remain a female and function as an enlightened being in female form. This is an important point and it gives us two different mes- sages. One message is that compassionate people don’t shy away from difficult tasks. The other point is that the problems of human beings can only be solved by human beings. No god is going to come down from the sky and enlighten us. We have to do it ourselves. That is why Buddha said we are responsible Tara – Green Tibet, 18th century iTemno.672,ColleCTionofSHelleyanddonaldRubin,WWW.HimalayanaRT.oRG