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Kāmadhātu (T. 'dod khams; C. yujie; J. yokukai; K. yokkhye 欲界), or the desire realm, is one of the three realms of existence within Buddhist cosmology.

This realm is characterized "as principally dependent on external objects of sensual desire such as form, sound, and so on."[1] If explained further by means of body, feelings, and resources: "the body is coarse, experience is predominantly a mixture of pleasure and pain, and beings depend mainly on coarse food."[1]

In this realm, there are six classes of beings that live within 36 abodes or regions.

Six classes of beings

The six classes of beings in the desire realm are subject to karma and rebirth. The regions in inhabited by these six classes of beings are sometimes referred to as "six domains," "six realms of samsara," etc.

The six classes of beings are:

  • Hell beings
  • Hungry ghosts
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Demi-gods
  • Gods

Thirty-six abodes

See Thirty-six abodes of the desire realm


  1. 1.0 1.1 Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. "The Formation of World Systems".

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