84000 Glossary of Terms

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རི་རབ། | Glossary of Terms

  • མེ་རུ།

  • རི་བོ་ལྷུན་པོ།
  • རི་རབ་ལྷུན་པོ།
  • རི་རབ།
  • རི་རྒྱལ་པོ་རི་རབ།
  • རིའི་རྒྱལ་པོ་རི་རབ།
  • རྒྱལ་པོ་རི་རབ།
  • ལྷུན་པོ།
  • ri rab
  • lhun po
  • ri’i rgyal po ri rab
  • ri rgyal po ri rab
  • ri rab lhun po
  • me ru
  • rgyal po ri rab
  • ri bo lhun po
  • sumeru
  • meru
  • sumeruparvata
  • sumeruparvatarāja
  • sumeru parvatarāja
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According to ancient Buddhist cosmology, this is the great mountain forming the axis of the universe. At its summit is Sudarśana, home of Śakra and his thirty-two gods, and on its flanks live the asuras. The mount has four sides facing the cardinal directions, each of which is made of a different precious stone. Surrounding it are several mountain ranges and the great ocean where the four principal island continents lie: in the south, Jambudvīpa (our world); in the west, Godānīya; in the north, Uttarakuru; and in the east, Pūrvavideha. Above it are the abodes of the desire realm gods. It is variously referred to as Meru, Mount Meru, Sumeru, and Mount Sumeru.