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Buddhist Deity: Garuda, Multi-coloured

Garuda, Multi-coloured | Garuda Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Shabala Garuda Description (below)
- Kalachakra Tantra Tradition
- Sakya Thirteen Golden Dharmas Tradition
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

Shabala Garuda originates out of the Kalachakra tantra literature. There is a difference however between the forms and lineage of the 'Kalachakra tradition' and the 'Sakya tradition' Shabala Garuda. The Kalachakra tradition depicts Garuda as biting down on a naga serpent which is held in both hands. The Sakya Thirteen Golden Dharma tradition depicts Shabala as holding upraised with the right hand a wish-fulfilling jewel and the left hand in a wrathful gesture placed at the heart. It is not historically clear when this variation developed or which version is the original.

Lineage of Teachers: Vajradhara, Chogyal Dawa Zangpo, Jampal Dragpa, Padma Karpo, Kalachakrapada Senior and Junior, Tilopa, Naropa, the Pamting Brothers, Mal Lotsawa Lodro Dragpa, Jetsun Tsewa Chenpo (Sachen Kunga Nyingpo 1092-1158), etc. (Drub Tab Kun Tu.Volume 8, folio 155).

Jeff Watt 1-2017 [updated 4-2019]