Eight Cold Hells: 1 definition


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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Eight Cold Hells:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit saṃskāra defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 122):

  1. The tumourous hell (arbuda),
  2. The very tumourous hell (nirarbuda),
  3. The squealing hell (aṭaṭa),
  4. The running hell (apapa),
  5. The grieving hell (hāhādhara),
  6. The blue-lotus hell (utpala),
  7. The red-lotus hell (padma),
  8. The great red-lotus hell (mahāpadma).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., ‘eight cold hells’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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