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This is all made up, theres not "Avici" in Bhuddist texts, and I'm a practicing buddhist.
You are wrong on this point. You cannot be claiming to have read every single sutra in order to find references to Acivi.
- It is referenced many times, in many famous sutras. In the Ksitigarbha sutra, for instance, it says "The retribution of Karmas of human beings in the human world are innumerable. Beings born disobedient to their parents or associated in bad ways, are cast into the Avici Hell and will continue to suffer from kalpas to kalpas with no means of escape. People who do harm to the Buddha by destroying His images and speak of the Triple Gems disrespectfully or having no respect for the Teaching of the Honoured One, would be cast to the Avici Hell from kalpas to kalpas with no means of escape." It goes on at length. It is mentioned in the Dharani sutra. It's mentioned all over the place. Sylvain1972 15:23, 22 February 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sylvain1972 (talk • contribs)
There is Avici in buddhism. Devadatta, who is like Judas in buddhism, is said to be there. As far as I know in Theravada-Buddhism there is no return from avici but I know there is a return in Mahayana-Buddhism. Lotos sutra chapter 12 says that even Devadatta will have his redemption one day.
Avici hell is not eternal
Avici hell is not eternal. The sutras stated that suffering in Avici hell will be for innumerable kalpas. That means a lot of kalpas but not indefinite, not eternal (although the period of suffering is far longer than all other levels of Buddhist hells.)
Non-stop does not mean eternal, it means there is no resting for a being in that hell. When he passes away after 1 kalpa (time unit), he again gets reborn in the same place, undergoing suffering for another kalpa, and on and on until he has exhausted his bad karma.
hells are places from which beings are to be rescued
...not purgatories, ie. places of "purification", per se.