deities

Realms of the devas-and others

Within the chanting of the Triple Gem, one of the attributes of the Buddha is that he is 'devamanussanam' — teacher of gods (devas) and men. There are various materials within the tradition that provide more detail about the nature of devas and of the Universe as a whole, and over the years a number of different Samatha groups have used them as a basis for research and investigation. These teachings describe the Universe as being organised into different levels of existence or bhūmi.

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