Buddhist cosmology

late 1800s Let’s assume that life is suffering. Well, there’s only one escape: perfecting the ten virtues to ascending the sixteen heavens in a cycle of rebirths. * Ananda the cosmic fish bites his own tail at the center of the Earth around the base of Mount Meru, the prototype of stupas and pagodas. * Otherwise, down you go into the eight levels of hell where you freeze and burn, where they stick you with pitchforks and they’re done teasing you they boil your head in a pot.