Red Garuda is an enlightened being and Idam in different schools of Tibetan Buddhism including ancient Bon tradition. His practice prevents diseases and problems caused by the Nagas (water masters) and Sabdak (owners of the land).
Very wrathful Garuda has face of an eagle, three round eyes and curved beak. On his head he has two horns, and above them waving brown hair with golden locks and gem taken from the King of the Nagas, decorating the top of the head. In both hands and squeezes his beak Garuda writhing snake. Decorated with gold necklaces and bracelets, the lower part of the body is closed with green feathers and large wings wide open behind him. Firmly standing on their feet, Garuda trampling the tangle of twelve snakes over the disk of the sun and lotus flower. Garuda is surrounded by orange and red flames, which symbolize the wisdom and energy of enlightenment.
The golden circle (tib. tig le) above Garuda is depicted Samantabhadra, the primordial Buddha.
1999, 47 x 39 cm
canvas, mineral pigments,gold, brocade, silk
Property of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu