六道

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
りく
Grade: 1
どう
Grade: 2
on'yomi
Kanji in this term
ろく
Grade: 1
どう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

六道 (hiragana りくどう, romaji rikudō)

  1. Alternate reading for 六道 (ろくどう, rokudō).

六道 (hiragana ろくどう, romaji rokudō)

  1. (Buddhism) The six planes, realms, or domains of existence into which souls are reborn in the cycle of samsara:
    1. 地獄道 (じごくどう, jigokudō): hell
    2. 餓鬼道 (がきどう, gakidō): life in starvation (one of the Buddhist hells)
    3. 畜生道 (ちくしょうどう, chikushōdō): life as a beast
    4. 人間道 (にんげんどう, ningendō) / 人道 (にんどう, nindō): life as a human
    5. 阿修羅道 (あしゅらどう, ashuradō): life as a demigod
    6. 天上 (てんじょう, tenjō): heaven
  • Note that the Theravada Buddhist tradition only recognizes five planes of existence, as Theravada does not distinguish between the ashura and heaven planes.

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