glossary

(Sanskrit and Pali, literally "without waves"; also transliterated Avichi, Avici) In Buddhism, the lowest level of the hell realms, inhabited by those who have committed one or more of the Five Grave Offenses:

  1. Intentional murder of one's father
  2. Intentional murder of one's mother
  3. Killing an Arhat (enlightened being)
  4. Harming a Buddha
  5. Creating a division or split within the spiritual community

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The most elevated form of thinking is non-thinking. When one achieves the stillness and silence of the mind, the “I” with all its passions, dens, appetites, fears, affections, etc. becomes absent. It is only in the absence of the “I,” in the absence of the mind, that the Buddhata can awaken to unite with the Inner Self and take us to ecstasy."