84000 Glossary of Terms

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ལྷ་མ་ཡིན། | Glossary of Terms

  • ལྷ་མ་ཡིན།

  • ལྷ་མིན།
  • ཨ་སུ་ར།
  • lha ma yin
  • lha min
  • a su ra
  • asura
  • dānava
  • Term
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A type of nonhuman being whose precise status is subject to different views, but is included as one of the six classes of beings in the sixfold classification of realms of rebirth. In the Buddhist context, asuras are powerful beings said to be dominated by envy, ambition, and hostility. They are also known in the pre-Buddhist and pre-Vedic mythologies of India and Iran, and feature prominently in Vedic and post-Vedic Brahmanical mythology, as well as in the Buddhist tradition. In these traditions, asuras are often described as being engaged in interminable conflict with the devas (gods).