Carelessness

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Carelessness (Skt. pramāda; Tib. བག་མེད་པ་, bakmepa, Wyl. bag med pa) — one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. According to the Compendium of Abhidharma, it belongs to the subgroup of the twenty subsidiary destructive emotions.

Definitions

In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. བག་མེད་པ་ནི་དུག་གསུམ་ལེ་ལོ་དང་བཅས་པའི་རྒྱུ་ལས་དགེ་སྡིག་བླང་དོར་ལ་གཟོབ་པ་ལྷུར་མི་ལེན་པ་བག་ཡོད་པའི་མི་མཐུན་ཕྱོགས་ཏེ། མི་དགེ་འཕེལ་ཞིང་དགེ་བ་འགྲིབ་པའི་ལས་ཅན་ནོ།
  • Carelessness is to fail to apply oneself earnestly and carefully to adopting virtue and abandoning negative actions, and is due to the three poisons along with laziness. It is the opposite of and unfavourable condition for conscientiousness and its function is to increase unwholesome actions and to diminish virtue. (Rigpa Translations)
  • Heedlessness is not to apply oneself earnestly and carefully to adopting virtue and abandoning evil deeds, and is due to the three poisons along with laziness. It is the opponent of conscientiousness, and its function is to increase nonvirtue and to diminish virtue. (Erik Pema Kunsang)

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