84000 Glossary of Terms

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ནམ་མཁའ་ལྡིང་། | Glossary of Terms

    ནམ་མཁའ་ལྡིང་།

    nam mkha’ lding

    garuḍa

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In Indian mythology, the garuḍa is an eagle-like sun bird that is regarded as the king of all birds, normally depicted with a sharp, owl-like beak, often holding a snake, and with large and powerful wings. They are traditionally enemies of the nāgas. In the Vedas, they are said to have brought nectar from the heavens to earth.

They are one of the eight classes of nonhuman beings (sde brgyad po, *aṣṭasenā) said to have been present when the Buddha taught the Mahāyāna sūtras.