Do the Three Realms Really Exist?
By which I mean: Are they an objective reality or are they just a way of
talking about states of mind?
It seems that how one understands these three realms will determine one's
interpretation of many other aspects of the teachings.
If one understands them as an objective reality, then they are actual places,
or locations in a larger space. From this certain things follow logically.
a) One can only be in one place at any given time.
b) Most of these places may be inaccessible for Human Beings.
c) Nibbana must be another place, beyond the three realms.
However, if the three realms are just a way of talking about states of
mind, then this will lead to different conclusions.
a) One can only be in one state of mind at any given time.
b) All these states of mind are accessible for Human Beings.
c) Nibbana is a different state of mind, where all those states