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སེམས་ཅན་དམྱལ་བ། | Glossary of Terms

    སེམས་ཅན་དམྱལ་བ།

    sems can dmyal ba

    naraka

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One of the five or six classes of sentient beings. Birth in hell is considered to be the karmic fruition of past anger and harmful actions. According to Buddhist tradition there are eighteen different hells, namely eight hot hells and eight cold hells, as well as neighboring and ephemeral hells, all of them tormented by increasing levels of unimaginable suffering.