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Pūrvavideha (T. lus 'phags po ཤར་གྱི་ལུས་འཕགས་; C. dong shengshen zhou 東勝身洲; Eng. 'Surpassing the Body') is one of the four continents. It lies to the East of Mount Meru; it is semi-circular in shape and white in color.

"The eastern continent is full of mountains of diamonds, lapis lazuli, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, gold and silver, crystals, and other precious minerals."[1]

Human beings who live there are twice as tall as us and have semi-circular faces; peaceful and vegetarian, they enjoy long and pleasurable lives (250 years) but devoid of any true Dharma.[2]

Purvavidehahas two subcontinents on either side:

  • Deha (T. lus) and
  • Videha (T. lus 'phags)


  1. Dudjom Rinpoche 2011, s.v. Chapter 12.
  2. RW icon height 18px.png Purvavideha, Rigpa Shedra Wiki