) or Niraya निरय
那落迦 (variant 捺落迦) Nàlùojiā
or 地獄 Dì Yù
or 奈落 Naraku
དམྱལ་བ་ dmyal ba
; Malay neraka
) is the name given to one of the worlds of greatest suffering in Buddhist cosmology
Naraka is usually translated into English as "hell
", "hell realm", or "purgatory
". The Narakas of Buddhism are closely related to 地獄 Dì Yù
, the hell of Chinese mythology. A Naraka differs from the hells of Abrahamic religions
in two respects. First, beings are not sent to Naraka as the result of a divine judgment and punishment; second, the length of a being's stay in a Naraka is not eternal, though it is usually very long.
Instead, a being is born into a Naraka as a direct result of his or her accumulated karma
and resides there for a finite period of time until that karma has achieved its full result. After his or her karma is used up, he or she will be reborn in one of the higher worlds as the result of karma that had not yet ripened.
In the Devaduta Sutta, the 130th discourse of Majjhima Nikaya
, the Buddha teaches about hell in vivid detail.
Physically, Narakas are thought of as a series of cavernous layers which extend below Jambudvīpa
(the ordinary human world) into the earth. There are several schemes for enumerating these Narakas and describing their torments. The Abhidharma-kosa
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