Meaning of ASURA in English


This term is often translated as "ogre" or "titan." They are one of the six states of existence that are in samsara . Different types of Buddhism view them differently. Asura is usually seen as positive, resulting from good karma like human beings and gods. In this interpretation, they dwell in the lower heavens. Other views treat the asuras as resulting from bad karma and hence they are seen as the enemies of the gods. Some types of Buddhism ignore this category altogether and have only five states of existence.

Buddhism English glossary.      Английский глоссарий буддизма.