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Mount Meru surrounded by the continents and subcontinents, with the gods of the kāmadhātu and rūpadhātu above.

Kāmadhātu (T. 'dod khams འདོད་ཁམས་; C. yujie; J. yokukai; K. yokkhye 欲界) is translated as "sensory realm," "world of the five senses," "desire realm," etc. It is one of the three realms of existence within Buddhist cosmology. "The common characteristic of beings in all these realms is that they are all endowed with consciousness and five physical senses.[1]

This realm is characterized "as principally dependent on external objects of sensual desire such as form, sound, and so on."[2] 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."[2]

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

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  1. Gethin 1998, s.v. Chapter 5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. "The Formation of World Systems".


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