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The Tara's love was so great for us that when she achieved Enlightenment, She took a Bodhisattva vow, choosing to continue reincarnating until all "sentient beings" are enlightened.

In a story I read as a child, a white cat named Sinh who was the guardian\/companion of an elderly artist asked Tara for help. His artist was working on perhaps his last painting for the Temple. It was of Buddha and the animals that answered his summons.

The artist was greatful to Sinh for all the years of affection and companionship they had shared and wanted to add a portrait of Sinh to the painting. Since according to legend the cat did not come at Buddha's call, everyone objected.

Sinh watched his unhappy, feeble friend and feared he would die before his masterpiece was complete. The night that the weeping artist finished the painting without the portrait, Sinh meditated asking Tara- She who saves- to bring peace to the old man.

OM TARE TUTARE TURE SVHA was the mantra Sinh repeated. In his mind, he came upon the green Tara and with a gentle touch of his paw told her of his love and sadness. All was lit with a golden light and Sinh was reassured that "You can rely on me, you need seek no other refuge"

On the morning the monks came for the painting they found that the artist had died in his sleep and lay in bed with a peaceful smile on his face. Looking around, they stood in awe of the beautiful painting before them. All the animals glowed with a heavenly radiance and the artist was there too... praying. But most amazing of all, the faithful and loving Sinh was sleeping in Buddha's arms.

This icon is 8.25x11 inches or 20.96cm x 27.94cm. All the fabrics are cotton. Each applique is embroidered and then satin stitched in place with cotton embroidery floss. the entire surface is quilted and embellished with glass seed beads. The finished embroidery is stretched over a masonite board. I used my statue of Tara and my cats as reference material to create the original drawing for this piece.

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The Meditation of The White Cat An Appliqued and Embroidered Icon


  • Materials: fabric, thread, embroideryfloss, beads, masonite
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