Where does the name “TARA Mind” come from?
In Sanskrit, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Tara is the ancient goddess of compassion and savior of the suffering.1 Lore holds that she emerged from a blooming lotus2 – a symbol of spiritual enlightenment and resurrection3 – born of empathy for the suffering world. Personifying compassion and offering salvation, she is a guiding light for those who feel lost or are having difficulty finding their way.4 Today, her name is often invoked for protection, guidance, balance, and resilience in an often-challenging world. Our name is a tribute to an entity that, like psychedelics, has been employed by cultures throughout the world for sociocultural and ritual purposes for centuries.
1. Mark, J. (2021, August 9). Tara. World History Encyclopedia. https://www.worldhistory.org/Tara_(Goddess)
2. Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (2017, October 31). Tara. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tara-Buddhist-goddess
3. Rhys, D. (2022). Lotus Flower Symbolism and Meaning. Symbolsage. https://symbolsage.com/lotus-flower-symbolism-and-meaning/
4. Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (2017, October 31). Tara. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tara-Buddhist-goddess