The Eight Hells

 

A Buddhist description of the hells caused by the violation of moral precepts:

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Sanskrit

English

Caused by

Karma

1

Samjiva

Hell of Repetitions

The hell of repeating the lives of those one has killed

The Body

2

Kala Sutra

Black Rope Hell

The hell of fetters, being bound to the things one has stolen

3

Samghata

The Hell of Crowding

Caused by sexual immorality

4

Raurava

The Screaming Hell

Caused by intoxication

5

Maha Raurava

The Great Screaming Hell

Caused by lying

The Mouth

6

Tapana

The Burning Hell

Cause by false views

The Thinking Mind

7

Pratapana

The Great Burning Hell

Caused by improper motives

8

Avici

The Hell of Incessant Suffering

Caused by the Five Great Premeditated Sins, which are:
     
A. Killing one’s father
     
B. Killing one’s mother
     
C. Harming the Buddha
     
D. Disrupting the Sangha
     
E. Killing an Arhat

 

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