六道

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Chinese[edit]

six
 
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
simp. and trad.
(六道)

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Noun[edit]

六道

  1. (Buddhism) the six realms of existence into which souls are reborn in the cycle of samsara

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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 (りくどう) (rikudō)

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

六道 (ろくどう) (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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