I create photographs to inspire and train myself and others to explore, conserve and protect our natural and human world, and live a life of giving and caring rather than taking and consuming.
It is the wisdom of the ages that compassion for other living beings and nature brings us true happiness and inner peace. Humanity has always been aware of our oneness with nature and the need to balance ambition and consumption (doing) with experiencing and conserving (being). There is a little Green Tara in all of us – little not because she is small in height or age or experience, but little because she has the simple nature of a child. The little Green Tara does what she does not because she ought to, but because she wants to. It makes her soul happy!
Goddess Tara is probably the oldest goddess who is still worshipped extensively in modern times. Tara originated as a Hindu goddess, a Great Goddess -- the Mother Creator, representing the eternal life force that fuels all life. There are many embodiments of Tara, but the best known are the White Tara and the Green Tara. The peaceful, compassionate White Tara gently protects and brings long life and peace. The more dynamic goddess, Green Tara is the "Mother Earth", and a fierce goddess who overcomes obstacles, and saves us from physical and spiritual danger.
In Sanskrit, the name Tara means Star, but she was also called She Who Brings Forth Life, The Great Compassionate Mother, and The Embodiment of Wisdom, and the Great Protectress. Adopted by Buddhism, she became the most widely revered deity in the Tibetan pantheon. In Buddhist tradition, Tara is actually much greater than a goddess -- she is a female Buddha, an enlightened one who has attained the highest wisdom, capability and compassion. . . one who can take human form and who remains in oneness with every living thing.