The desire realm
) is one of three realms (Sanskrit: dhātu
, Tibetan: khams
) or three worlds (S. triloka
) in traditional Buddhist cosmology
into which a being wandering in
may be reborn
. The other two are the form realm, (S. rupa-dhātu
) and the formless realm (S. ārupa-dhatu
Within the desire realm are either five or six domains (S.: gati
, also sometimes translated as "realm"). In Indo-Tibetan Mahāyāna
Buddhism there are six domains () and in Theravada
Buddhism there are only five, because the domain of the asuras
is not regarded as separate from that of the devas
also features the five realms.s:太上說轉輪五道宿命因緣經
The Shurangama Sutra
in Mahayana Buddhism regarded the 10 kinds of Xian
as a separate Immortal realm between the Deva and Human realms.
The thirty-one realms are also known as the "thirty-one paths of rebirth", the "six paths of suffering", the "six planes", and the "six lower realms". They stand in contrast to the higher attainments of the Ten spiritual realms
One's previous actions and thoughts
determine which of the six domains one is reborn into.
The Six Domains
The six domains of the desire realm are as......