rūpa-loka, also called Rūpa-dhātu, in Buddhist thought, the world, or realm, of form.
In Buddhism, any of the 16 planes of existence into which those beings who have renounced sense desires are reborn.
It is intermediate between the kama-loka, where material beings are born, and the arupa-loka, where only the mind exists.
Its upper levels are called the Pure Abodes, the birthplace of those beings who do not return to lower planes in subsequent births.
The rupa-loka, free from sensuous desire but still conditioned by form, is inhabited by gods.
The devas of the rupa-lokas have physical forms but no manifest desires and no physical senses.
The Fine-Material World (rupa-loka)
See also karma.