It may surprise some that Buddhism talks about "heaven" (sagga). The word is a collective designation for many worlds, many heavens. Not all of them are figurative and metaphorical. Six of them in particular are very real and attainable. The Noble Eightfold Path aims for nirvana (attainable in this world, in this lifetime), not a heavenly rebirth. For a heavenly rebirth (or a better human life), there are Eight Precepts.
- East: musicians under King Dhatarattha
- South: dwarfs (some sources say hungry ghosts) under King Virulhaka
- West: reptilians under King Virupakkha
- North: ogres under King Vessuvana
- Earth-bound (bhummattha-deva) dwelling in mountains, rivers, oceans, archways, and homes
- Tree-bound (rukkhattha-deva) dwelling in trees or in "mansions" above them
- Space-bound (akasattha-deva) dwelling in the air, in vimanas, or on other planets
Is this a Faerie Kingdom?
What are the Eight Precepts?
- Abstain from taking life or causing it to be taken
- Abstain from taking what is not given or causing it to be taken
- Abstain from taking liberties regarding sex or instigating others
- Abstain from taking liberties with the truth or instigating others to lie
- Abstain from taking intoxicants that occasion negligence or instigating others
- Abstain from eating at improper times (generally defined as after midday)
- Abstain from dancing, singing, base entertainments, as well as the use of cosmetics, scents, and vain adornments
- Abstain from using high and luxurious seats and beds
- Simply choosing to be happy and kinder, more compassionate and forgiving, sympathetic and rejoicing in others' good fortune (the opposite of schadenfreude), or moving in the direction of calm and equanimity.
- Simply making an effort toward non-delusion, to gain knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and insight.
- Simply abstaining in skillful adherence to the Five Precepts.