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Three Worlds

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Three Worlds

One of Buddhist cosmologies, in which the cosmos is divided into three parts

1. Desire
2. Form,
3. Non-form

The first and last of these three represent attachment to the senses, and are undesirable. Those in the second level have a body but do not cling to the world of illusion and senses. In Zen practice the three worlds are also considered levels or dimensions of consciousness.

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