Meaning of STATES OF EXISTENCE in English


There are six states of existence (gati). The highest three are the gods, the asuras , and human beings; they result from good karma . The lowest three are animals, hungry ghosts , and demons (hell-dwellers); they result from bad karma. Some forms of Buddhism view the asuras as stemming from bad karma and other ignore them completely, having only five states of existence.

Buddhism English glossary.      Английский глоссарий буддизма.