Tara is a female Buddha. In fact, she is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas, and the goddess who accomplishes their enlightened activities. Her name means "Saviouress," and it is she who comes swiftly to protect all beings from fear. It is important to remember that we are never separate from Tara. When we call on Tara to grant our needs or to allay our fears, we are calling on the awakened qualities of our own true nature.