Described as the "Mother of all Buddhas," White Tara functions as a savior and protector. In her left hand she holds a lotus, symbolizing the minds innate purity. Her right hand is extended in a gesture bestowing good fortune. On both palms, as well as on the soles of her feet, are eyes of transcendent wisdom. On the Gift Guides cover, Avalokiteshvara wears the robes of a bodhisattva, a celestial being who returns to the world to bring others into the realm of enlightenment.
For more information about Shresthas work and the book Celestial Gallery, which is available in bookstores in February, contact the distributor, Ten Speed Press, at (800) 688-2218, the publisher at www.mandala.org, or Devi Jacobs at www.devijuice.com.
Is Your Co-Pilot?
by R.E. Faro
UP FRONT: People, Arts, Issues
Art: Whats Going On? at the Oakland Museum attempts the nearly impossible: to plumb the depths of the Vietnam Wars impact on California. Its more than just hippies and peace sign pendants. Every war has its lessons and Vietnam became a cornerstone of Californias history and culture, leaving an indelible footprint on the Bay Area.
Critics Choice for December: The art of Collage; Nutcracker renewed and revamped; Holiday flicksthe predictable and the poignant; Juanita Ulloas Latin American Christmas songs; Zora Neale Hurstons unearthed manuscript plays Berkeley Rep; more holiday events for the family plus local open studios.
DINING GUIDE The Monthlys menu of local restaurants.
MARKETPLACE The Monthlys catalog of goods and services.
The Kilduff File: Heyday Books founder Malcolm Margolin shares his Californiafied optimism.
Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.