Ten Dharma Realms 十法界

First Susan and I would like to apologize for this late post. Like many of you, we sometimes get caught up in busy schedules.

Four Holy Realms: (Not subject to rebirth)

1.) The holy land of Buddhas —a state of joyful, blissful Nirvana.

2.) The holy land of Bodhisattvas (enlightened Buddhas return to help other beings) Among the Buddhas and bodhisattvas by realization and accomplished the six pāramitās 六度. Sphere of nothingness, absolute peace, limitlessness. Supreme Wisdom and Compassion, (In the state of Nirvana, ability to manifest into various forms at will to save alt beings.)

3.) The holy land of Pratyeka-buddhas. Among Pratyekabuddhas by the twelve nidānas (cause and Effect)

The Pure Land of abandonment of thought, or recollection of past delights)

4.) Hearers: Holy land of Sravaka-buddhas. Among the śrāvakas by the four noble truths. Paradise of cessation of rebirth,    

 

Six Ordinary Realms: (Subject to the cycle of rebirth)                                        

*Three heavenly realms: (subject to rebirth )

(Sphere of heavens depends upon the level of meditational accomplishment)

5.) The formless realm: Beings in this realm are formless, only consciousness exist in limitless space, extremely long lifespan, state of no desires, non greed, non hatred, in a peaceful state. Land of wondrous joy after the previous joys. Paradise after earthly life. Accomplished high level of meditation, but have not achieve state of enlightenment, still subject to individual Karma dictation, are subject to rebirth.

6.) The form realm: Beings in this realm are still with form; certain residual of attachment, enjoys heavenly peace, pure spheres, of non suffering of heat, cold, contaminants. still subject to individual Karma dictation, are subject to rebirth.

( Description of meditation stages–Four Jhanas: )

  • First Jhāna — In the first jhana there are: “directed thought, evaluation, rapture, pleasure, unification of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity, & attention”
  • Second Jhāna — In the second jhana there are: “internal assurance, rapture, pleasure, unification of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity, & attention”
  • Third Jhāna — In the third jhana, there are: “equanimity-pleasure, unification of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity & attention”
  • Fourth Jhāna — In the fourth jhāna there are: “a feeling of equanimity, neither pleasure nor pain; an unconcern due to serenity of awareness; unification of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity & attention”.

 7.) Desire Ream: This heavenly realm the enjoys all the pleasures, anything one’s mind wish for, will appear, to be satisfied. Arrived by the ten forms of good action on earth life, limited period of enjoyment, still subject to  reincarnation. The difference between the Saint Realm and the Ordinary Realm is whether one’s ability to transcend causes of sufferings “Dukkha”.  

About quantumted

I’m a 54 year old teacher in Charlotte, NC. I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for 3 years now. I’ve learned a lot, but have a lot to learn. My guru is Grand Master Lu.

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