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There is suffering in heaven. They still have to eat to maintain their bodies. They feel frightened when they get to know that their lives are running out. I've heard that there's a divine tree with flowers in the palaces of the Devas. When an year of their world comes to completion, a flower will wither and fall down. That is how they know that they are ...


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Abhisankhāra-māra - The Karmic force Kleśa-māra, or Ma̋ra as the embodiment of all unskillful emotions. Mṛtyu-māra, or Māra as death, in the sense of the ceaseless round of birth and death. Skandha-māra, or Māra as metaphor for the entirety of conditioned existence. Devaputra-māra, or Māra the son of a deva (god), that is, Māra as an ...


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The current Mara was Mara Dusi's nephew back in the days of Buddha Kakusandha. So it seems that there's a waiting list in the Paranimmita-vasavatti heaven. There are some people in the world who do a lot of worldly good deeds, but they dislike and discourage meditation, listening to the Dhamma, getting ordained or anything that has to do with ending of ...


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Yes, there are 31 realms of existences. From top to bottom: 4 immaterial realms 16 fine material realms 6 heavens human realm Asura hell ghost hell animal hell Niraya(hells of unimaginable suffering) Life spans of each realm varies, but there are no ever lasting places of existence. Yes, you will keep being born in these places again and again according ...


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[This is not a direct answer, but comment space is too limited] This kind of belief in short cuts to salvation appear to be a later cultural addition to Buddhism, though sending metta to ancestors is a well recognized aspect of Buddhism. Texts like the Surangama Sutra, itself a later addition, says the Buddha participated in some such practices of saving ...


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This belief comes from a popular Chinese Buddhist tale in Mulian saves his mother from Hell. Mulian Saves His Mother From Hell is a popular Chinese Buddhist tale originating in the 3rd century CE, inspired by tales from India of Maudgalyayana, who becomes Mulian in the Chinese stories. Mulian, a virtuous monk, seeks the help of the Buddha to rescue his ...


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As answered by Yinxu, the term 'Mara' is used in many ways in Buddhism. I think to develop theories about Mara the Tempter, it is useful to understand 'gods' ('deva'), who include human beings with psychic powers, that Judeo-Christianity calls 'angels'. In Judeo-Christianity, the Bible reports angels & also prophets such as Moses & Jesus that ...


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There should be an observer experience any plane of existence. Once the observer is no more, in a relative sense they cease to exist. All these are experienced through consciousness. When consciousness cease to exist so does all the places of existence.


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This doesn't answer your question directly, but it's good contextual information I think. From the book "Women in Buddhism - Questions and Answers" by Chatsumarn Kabilsingh Ph.D. An important point that Thai women put much emphasis on ordination of their sons is because they themselves have no opportunity to be ordained, so they depend totally on ...


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A yakkha is a type of deva, that is tree-dwelling. They live in the plane of the Devas of the Four Great Kings (catumaharajika deva). Udana 4.4 tells the story of a yakkha, who despite being warned by his mate, gave Venerable Sariputta the Arahant, a strong blow to the head. The yakkha immediately fell into the Great Hell. I have heard that on one ...


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Deva can die by own angry mind. See Dha.A.2 appamāda-cittavagga Sāmāvatīvatthu (ghosakadevaputta).


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You've hit on the reason why many people argue that Buddhism is not a religion. What the Buddha taught was that nothing really exists or ever really happens, and this goes for Gods and Devils. These would be conceptual things, as would be all things. EDIT: This is the dhamma as summed up by Nagarjuna. The two views 'something exists' and 'nothing exists'...


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Yes but no. I think that a feature of Abrahamic religions was prophets -- a prophet said, "This is what God wants, these are God's laws for us." And then the people agree that that is a real prophet (perhaps because of miracles, which imply divine intervention) and, more or less, accept the corresponding laws (or Christians accept Christ as being God ...


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God and Satan are concepts invented by humans to personify our ideas about the qualities of omniscience and omnipotence (god) and ultimate evil to do harm (Satan). We ourselves can embody qualities of good and bad. That is, thought, speech, and action that can benefit or do harm to self and others. Heaven and Hell are not real places that you can find on ...


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First of all, Buddhism can be thought of as more of an an agnostic religion, rather than a theistic religion, and certainly not a monotheistic religion. In Buddhism (Lotus Sutra sects excepted), the Buddha is believed to be, for lack of a better term, dead. He is non-existent, and the goal of Buddhism for the practicing lay follower is to likewise escape ...


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There are 31 planes of existence according to Buddhism. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html


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Mara is the most powerful being in all the sensual realms, He resides in the highest sensual adobe called paranimmita-vasavatti. where one day is equal to 1600 earth years. It is not easy to become Mara, Through shear will power one has to observe the precepts well & practice generosity . Mara being the highest sensual being surpasses all the other ...


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There are no stories within the Pāli canon that I know that describe how one becomes a Mara though there are accounts of others who have been maras in a previous life (Moggallana being one of them. See MN 50). There is also a sutta in which the Buddha declares that it is impossible for a woman to become a Māra (See MN 115 § 15). The Buddha does explain how ...


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Some Buddhist scriptures state by doing good you can go to heaven & by doing evil you can go to hell. Also, if you love the Buddha, you can go to heaven. 'These beings — who were endowed with bad conduct of body, speech & mind, who reviled noble ones, held wrong views and undertook actions under the influence of wrong views — with the break-...


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