Habitual obscurations

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Habitual obscurations (Skt. vāsanā; Wyl. bag chags kyi sgrib pa) — the habitual obscurations are explained according to the sutras as extremely subtle forms of cognitive obscuration, like the scent left behind in a container which once held musk. In the mantra tradition, they are the habitual tendencies of the transference of the three appearances, which are to be overcome by vajra-like primordial wisdom.

Alternative Translations

  • habitual tendencies
  • habitual patterns