The Buddhist Hell With discussions on: -The Wheel of Life -Buddhist Gods -Buddhist Ghosts...
The Buddhist Hell With discussions on: -The Wheel of Life -Buddhist Gods -Buddhist Ghosts -Intricacies of the Buddhist Hell -Role of the Buddhist Hell Presented by Quentin Kelly, John English, and Chucky Ashraf
The Buddhist Hell With discussions on: -The Wheel of Life -Buddhist Gods -Buddhist Ghosts -Intricacies of the Buddhist Hell -Role of the Buddhist Hell
Text of The Buddhist Hell With discussions on: -The Wheel of Life -Buddhist Gods -Buddhist Ghosts...
The Buddhist Hell With discussions on: -The Wheel of Life
-Buddhist Gods -Buddhist Ghosts -Intricacies of the Buddhist Hell
-Role of the Buddhist Hell Presented by Quentin Kelly, John
English, and Chucky Ashraf
Buddhist concept of Life Everything in the world is a
phenomenon and is constantly changing. Time is understood as a
series of individual moments. Death is simply the movement from the
last moment in one life to the first moment in the next life. The
law of Karma is a law of nature whereby each action is necessarily
followed by reward or punishment.
Karma Life consists of interwoven activities that produce
causes and effects. Death does not terminate this cycle. Our deeds
continue to accumulate following death and influence our status in
the next life. Until enlightenment occurs, we are locked in an
endless cycle of death and rebirth, Samsara, within the wheel of
The Wheel of Life A representation of the six destinations, or
realms, that one may enter at the onset of each life. The realms
exist as a six-layered hierarchy: Gods, Humans, Animals, Titans,
Hungry Ghosts, Denizens of Hell. Where we are placed at the onset
of each new life is determined by our accumulation of past positive
and negative acts/deeds.
The Buddhist Concept of Hell As seen in the wheel of life, Hell
is just one of the six primary realms in the cycle of Samsara. Hell
is not the location for eternal damnation. Just like the Buddhist
world view, there are many levels and sublevels in Hell.
Hell is the coldest and hottest of places, consisting of eight
fiery levels and eight icy levels. When a being is born in Hell,
they experience pain. Pain is the way in which justice is carried
out as a result of negative karma (acts of ill- will in previous
The different levels of Hell The Buddhist idea of Hell has
evolved over time. Different theories have evolved, but all
maintain the similar essential elements we have discussed. Some
have attempted to describe the eight different levels of hell; the
names of the sublevels of hell and the punishments that occur in
The First level of Hell Known as the Hell of retributive
justice. The destination of persons who have taken any form of life
or eaten meat. Punishments include being beaten with iron claws;
Smothered in mud and feces while repeatedly stung by millions of
insects simultaneously being forced to eat boiling shit.
The Second Level of Hell Known as The Hell of the black rope.
Destination for murderers and thieves. Punishments include being
lashed with whips of fire and hacked with axes. A dog with burning
teeth exists in this region of hell, which primarily feeds on the
flesh of those being punished at this level.
The Third Level of Hell The destination of rapists and spouse
beaters. The punishment for pedophiles is to watch the children
they have raped undergo Hells punishments.
The Fourth Level of Hell Known as the Hell of screaming.
Destination of merchants who cheat their customers. Punishments
include being inflicted with 404 diseases as insects crawl into the
body to devour it from the inside.
The Fifth Level of Hell Known as the Great Hell of Screaming.
Destination for those who have lied about their ill-intentioned
actions. Like level 4 of Hell, but ten orders of magnitude worse.
Punishments include the impalement of burning sticks into the anal
The Sixth Level of Hell Known as the Hell of Burning.
Punishments include having ones body cooked into human
The Seventh Level of Hell Known as the Great Hell of Burning.
Destination of those who are chronic liars about many, many
ill-intentioned actions. Punishments include receiving a burning
stick up the buttocks that is twice as hot and lasts longer than
the stick up the buttocks experienced in level 6.
The Eighth Level of Hell Also known as The Great Hell of
Unlimited Suffering. Located so far deep in the earth that it takes
2000 years falling to reach it. Destination of prisoners: Buddhists
who were burned at altars, people who let others die of thirst, and
children who kill their parents. Punishments include being burned,
eaten alive, and being dropped off mountains.
The Avici Hell The Hell that has the most suffering. The Avici
Hell contains innumerable layers, each with different names and
different punishments. Examples of several different layers: -the
hell of Crying Out, the hell of Pulling Tongues, the hell of Dung
Punishments within the Layers of the Avici Hell Hell in which
tongues are stretched out and plowed through by cattle. Hell in
which excrement and urine are endless. Hell in which fiery spears
stab repeatedly Hell in which bodies are stretched by iron
For the fornicators and such
Rebirth and Justice in Hell The cause of rebirth in hell is the
accumulation of deeds instigated by ill-will in previous lives. The
degree of unwholesome karma determines the length of time spent and
amount of pain experienced in Hell. Beings are reborn into a
different realm of the wheel of life following the extinguishment
of unwholesome karma in Hell.
The Eye of Justice The punishers third eye is that which
investigates the deeds of previous lives. His objective is to help
those who experience the temporary sufferings of Hell find
enlightenment in their next life. The punisher is actually Buddha
in another form.
The Psychological Influence of Hell Buddhism claims there is no
order in the world. Moreover, there are no gods to model moral
perfection after. Thus, Buddhists do not strive for ideal moral
behavior. Yet, Hell creates a type of conventional order which
scares humans into right moral behavior (reward/punishment
Ghosts In certain traditions, each time a person dies, their
spirit spends an unspecified amount of time as a conscious ghost
seeking rebirth. As a result, Buddhist monks traditionally chant
special prayers to dead spirits, urging them to stop wandering the
places where they died, and to detach themselves from loved ones -
so the living can enjoy peace, and the dead can begin the
purification process in Hell.
In other traditions, a Ghosts purpose is to escort living
people, who are soon approaching death, to Hell.
Ghosts in the Media
Ghost Stories Haunting Thailand's Tsunami Zones Richard S.
Many Thais believe ghosts are wandering tsunami-hit beaches,
spooking taxi drivers, making the Andaman Sea hungry for more
victims, and jinxing an economic recovery for devastated
Buddhist Gods Unlike Western understanding of God. gods are
simply another destination in the hierarchy of the wheel of life.
gods have a finite lifetime, although they do live a considerably
longer and more satisfying life. Interestingly enough it is the
realm of humans, not gods, that is the most desirable position.
Balance of pleasure and pain.
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