Thirty-six abodes of the kāmadhātu

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Thirty-six abodes of the kāmadhātu. According to the tradition of Mipham Rinpoche, there are thirty-six types of abode within the domain of the five senses (kāmadhātu) in which sentient beings live.[1] Other traditions enumerate different numbers of abodes in the kāmadhātu.

The thirty-six abodes are:[1]

When asuras are counted separately (from the devas), there are thirty-seven abodes.[1] Some powerful nagas are also included within the gods, but generally they are defined as animals.[2]

See also: six classes of beings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mipham Rinpoche 2000, s.v. Line 8.17.
  2. Mipham Rinpoche 2000, s.v. Line 8.18.