84000 Glossary of Terms

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ལྷ་མ་ཡིན། | Glossary of Terms

    ལྷ་མ་ཡིན།

    lha ma yin

    asura

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One of the six classes of sentient beings, sometimes included among the gods and sometimes among the animals, they are engendered and dominated by envy, ambition, and hostility and are described as being incessantly embroiled in disputes with the gods (devas). They are frequently portrayed in brahmanical mythology and Buddhist mythology as having a disruptive effect on cosmological and social harmony.

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.