Desire

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Desire (Skt. rāga; Tib. འདོད་ཆགས་, döchak, Wyl. ‘dod chags) — one of the three principal destructive emotions and one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. According to the Compendium of Abhidharma, it belongs to the subgroup of the six root destructive emotions.

Definitions

In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. འདོད་ཆགས་ནི་ཁམས་གསུམ་པའི་ཟག་བཅས་ཀྱི་ཕུང་པོ་ལ་ཆགས་པ་སྟེ་སྲིད་པའི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་སྐྱེད་པར་བྱེད་པའོ།
  • Desire is to be attached to the defiled aggregates of the three realms. It produces the suffering of [samsaric] existence. (Rigpa Translations)
  • Attachment is to be attached to the defiling aggregates of the three realms. It produces the pain of [samsaric] existence (Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • attachment (Padmakara)
  • lust
  • passion
  • greed (David Karma Choepel)

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