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Rupa-lokas

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rūpa-loka, also called Rūpa-dhātu, in Buddhist thought, the world, or realm, of form.

See arūpa-loka.

In Buddhism, any of the 16 planes of existence into which those beings who have renounced sense desires are reborn. It is intermediate between the kama-loka, where material beings are born, and the arupa-loka, where only the mind exists. Its upper levels are called the Pure Abodes, the birthplace of those beings who do not return to lower planes in subsequent births. The rupa-loka, free from sensuous desire but still conditioned by form, is inhabited by gods.

The devas of the rupa-lokas have physical forms but no manifest desires and no physical senses.


The Fine-Material World (rupa-loka)

See also karma. ]