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Mind and Mental Events (Subhuti 2001) - Talk 7

by Subhuti (2001)

Lack of intrinsic awareness (ignorance) (avidya) is the fundamental mulaklesa that gives rise to the sense of ego-identity underlying craving and aversion.

Arrogance (pride) (mana) comes from attachment to this sense of self and leads to:

Opinionatedness (afflicted view) (drsti) that gives rise to indecision (doubt) (vicikitsa).

Ignorance is defined as the "lack of being aware to one's fullest capacity". We do not see how our minds distort reality. It is present right up to Enlightenment and is in every mental event, positive as well as negative.

Non-deludedness (non-ignorance) (amoha) is the opposite: seeing things as they really are. It drives out ignorance. Full amoha is equivalent to Enlightenment.

According to the Abhidharma, we all have some amoha - none of us is completely deluded! There must be some there already in order to develop it.

Our views can lead to 'doubt and indecision' (vicikitsa), a kind of two-pointedness of mind, if we find ourselves struggling with different sets of beliefs.

This talk is part of the series Mind and Mental Events (Subhuti 2001).