Dr. Hector, a frequent guest at Sea Harvest has befriended Roberta. They’ve spoken a lot about her cancer and how she’s been feeling and how her disease has been progressing. Dr. Hector is one of the first American doctors to have been trained in the art of acupuncture in the far east. He’s retired and living in Pebble Beach now. He’s quite a character and a lot of fun to chat with.

The other day he brought to Sea Harvest a Tibetan Thangka, or painted scroll, and gave it to Roberta as a gift. According to his note it’s roughly 150 years old, give or take. It’s a painting of the White Tara. A Buddhist savior goddess. In Tibet her name is Sgrol-ma, meaning “She Who Saves”. The cotton canvas it is painted on has darkened with age, and what I’m reading, stained by the incense and smoke. It’s absolutely amazing.

The Mantra of Tara is “om tare tuttare ture svaha”

Tara is the goddess of universal compassion, represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother’s love for her children. Sh also brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment.  (References found here)

This picture doesn’t do it justice. But, I’m being very careful about unrolling it and rolling it back up until I can figure out the proper way to hang this. I want this to last another 150 years. It’s truly beautiful.

From Monterey Living

White Tara is sometimes called the mother of all Buddhas.

I found this description of her at http://www.religionfacts.com

In iconography, White Tara often has seven eyes – in addition to the usual two, she has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet. This symbolizes her vigilance and ability to see all the suffering in the world. The “Tara of Seven Eyes” is the form of the goddess especially popular in Mongolia.White Tara wears silk robes and scarves that leave her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. Like Green Tara, she is richly adorned with jewels.

If anyone reads this and has more information on this particular thangka I’d be grateful to hear whatever you know. I don’t know anything about the other 7 characters above and 3 below her. I’m sure 7/3 has some significance, but no idea what it might be. Yet.