Forgetfulness

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Forgetfulness (Skt. muṣitasmṛtitā; Tib. བརྗེད་ངས་, Wyl. brjed ngas) — 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. བརྗེད་ངས་ནི་དགེ་བའི་དམིགས་པ་མི་གསལ་བར་བརྗེད་པ། དྲན་པའི་མི་མཐུན་ཕྱོགས་སུ་གྱུར་པའི་ཉོན་མོངས་དང་མཚུངས་ལྡན་གྱི་དྲན་པ་འཆལ་བ་སེམས་གཡེང་བའི་རྟེན་བྱེད་པའོ།
  • Forgetfulness is to be unclear and forget a virtuous objective. It is lax mindfulness which is concurrent with destructive emotions, and is the opposite of and unfavourable condition for being mindful. It forms the support for the mind to be distracted. (Rigpa Translations)
  • Forgetfulness is to be unclear and forget a virtuous objective. It is the erroneous mindfulness which accompanies a disturbing emotion, and is the opponent of being mindful. It forms the support for distraction of mind. (Erik Pema Kunsang)