Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hell ( 2 of 3 )

Question : (Unedited)

QUESTION: Hi, Justin. Will slandering the Buddha or the Dharma also lead you to this hell? Does it say anywhere in Theravadan Buddhist texts how long one has to suffer there? If you go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diyu it says "Chamber of Avici

Crooks who have committed heinous crimes, brought misery to the people and betrayed the ruler are placed on a platform above an inferno. The unlucky ones fall off the platform into the inferno and burn while the lucky ones remain on the platform. These spirits are NEVER to be reincarnated." Is this a different type of Buddhism?
My comment:

Hi P,

To the best of my knowledge, there is no specific reference to the extent of kammic retribution.  The reference you gave is most probably from one of the Mahayana text, which gives a more graphic description.  I personally have reservation as to the validity.  Not to be disrespectful, a question one may like to ask is "what happens after the unlucky ones fall off the platform, and being burnt?"  There will be other questions as well, but let's just keep it at that.  We can just safely assume that bad actions will result in bad rebirths; and very evil actions will result in a very hellish rebirth.  As for the details, I think there is none in the Theravada text (However, I may be wrong).

Hope this helps.
justinchoo :-)

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