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Nonaggression (Skt. adveṣa; Tib. ཞེས་སྡང་མེད་པ་, shyé dang mepa, Wyl. zhes sdang 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 eleven virtuous states.


In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. ཞེ་སྡང་མེད་པ་ནི་སེམས་ཅན་དང་སྡུག་བསྔལ་གྱི་ཆོས་ལ་ཀུན་ནས་མནར་སེམས་མེད་པ་སྟེ་ཉེས་སྤྱོད་ལ་མི་འཇུག་པར་བྱེད་པའོ།
  • Non-aggression is the absence of a hostile attitude towards a sentient being or an object that causes pain. It prevents one from becoming involved in negative actions. (Rigpa Translations, Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • Non-hatred (Gyurme Dorje, Tony Duff)