Eight Hot Hells: 1 definition



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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Eight Hot Hells:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit saṃskāra defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 121):

  1. The reviving hell (sañjīva),
  2. The black-thread hell (kālasūtra),
  3. The crushing hell (saṅghāta),
  4. The hot hell (raurava),
  5. The great hot hell (mahāraurava),
  6. The remorseful hell (tapana),
  7. The scolding hell (pratāpana),
  8. The never-ceasing hell (avīci).

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

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