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Preta, 9 Definition(s)

AKA: Peta

'Preta' belongs in these categories: Buddhism, Hinduism

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A "hungry shade" or "hungry ghost" - one of a class of beings in the lower realms, sometimes capable of appearing to human beings. The petas are often depicted in Buddhist art as starving beings with pinhole sized mouths through which they can never pass enough food to ease their hunger.
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Hungry ghosts. who are tormented by continual and unsatisfied cravings. The preta realm is one of the three states of woe (apaya bhumi) and one of the six realms of existence.

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The Sanskrit word usually translated as hungry ghost, one of the six states of existence.

Added: 06.Jun.2008 | Source: Exploring Religions: Buddhism Glossary
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Hungry ghosts, who populate the second to the lowest of the six realms of existence in Mahayana Buddhism. Usually depicted as having small mouths or necks and giant stomachs, hungry ghosts experience continual frustration and unsatisfied craving.

Added: 21.Sep.2008 | Source: Religion Facts: Glossary of Buddhism
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Hungry Ghosts are characters from Buddhist iconography who suffer from their greed, envy and jealousy.

Added: 23.Nov.2008 | Source: About: Glossary of Buddhist Terms
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Hungry ghosts. who are tormented by continual and unsatisfied cravings. The preta realm is one of the three states of woe (apaya bhumi) and one of the six realms of existence.

Added: 23.Nov.2008 | Source: Guoxue: Buddhism Glossary
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M Being living in the compound of apaya worlds, situated between the world of animals and the world of hells.

Added: 26.Apr.2009 | Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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(Sanskrit preta): lit. 'departed spirit', ghost; s. loka.

Added: 06.Jun.2010 | Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Hungry ghosts.

Added: 19.Dec.2010 | Source: Wisdom Library: General Glossary
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The story of Ubbari(2).
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· Sukarapeta
1. Sukarapeta. A peta who lived on Gijjhakuta. His body was human, but his hea...
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The name given to one of the stories of the Petavatthu. The peta referred to h...
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· Vaddhamana
1. Vaddhamana Thera. An arahant. He belonged to a Licchavi rajas family in Ves...
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· Asisukarika Sutta
Records the incident of Moggallana seeing a Peta while on the way, with Lakkha...
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He belonged to a very wealthy family in Savatthi. One day, after his midday me...
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· Kappitaka
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