The 9th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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The Suyama Heaven is a place where neither sunlight nor moonlight reaches. So is it a dark place? No, all the beings in the Suyama Heaven radiate a light from their bodies so they do not need sunlight or moonlight. How come this heaven is called the Suyama Heaven? Suyama is again a Sanskrit word that means “fine divisions of time” because this heaven is so high that neither sunlight nor moonlight can reach it. So they tell time by the blooming and closing of lotuses. It is day when the lotuses bloom and night when the lotuses shut. The length of life in the Tushita Heaven is 1,000 years, of which one day and night is equivalent to 100 years on earth. The length of life in the Suyama Heaven is 1,500 years and the heights of beings there is one and a half miles. Heavenly beings in the Tryastrimsha Heaven are one mile in height and beings in the Heaven of the Four Kings are half a mile in height. The length of life increases by 500 years and the height of beings increases by half a mile for every layer of heaven. The higher the heaven, the longer the life of beings is there.