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The Six Realms of Existence

The Six Realms are an allegorical description of conditioned existence, or samsara, into which beings are reborn. The nature of one's existence is determined by karma. Some realms seem more pleasant than others -- heaven sounds preferable to hell -- but all are dukkha, meaning they are temporary and imperfect.

The Six Realms of Existence
The Six Realms are an allegorical description of conditioned existence, or samsara, into which beings are reborn. The nature of one's existence is determined by karma. Some realms seem more pleasant than others -- heaven sounds preferable to hell -- but all are dukkha, meaning they are temporary and imperfect.

Buddhism and Metaphysics
Was the historical Buddha truly unconcerned about metaphysics, or the nature reality? Or are people who claim this misreading the Pali texts?

The Thirty-one Realms
As you study Buddhism you may run into mention of the 31 Realms. Here is a handy-dandy beginner's guide to them.

The Buddhist Hell Realms
Naraka, or the Buddhist hell realms, is a place of countless torments.

Understanding the Buddhist Hell Realm
Does Buddhism teach that hell is a real place? Or is it an allegory of our psychological projections?

Icons of the Buddhist Hell Realm
Some major iconic figures of Buddhism are associated with the hell realm. Here are some beings you might meet if you go there.

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