Vulture's Peak

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(Skt., Gṛdhrakūṭa; Pāli, Gijjhakūṭa).

A hill in Bihar, so-named because its peak was shaped like a vulture's beak or because many of the birds lived there. One of a group of five hills surrounding the ancient city of Rājagṛha it was in a remote area popular with ascetics. The location is frequently mentioned in both early and late sources (for example, the Lotus Sūtra) as the site of teachings given by the Buddha.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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