Date of publication: 2018-02-25 09:49
Monks, there are these six view-positions. Which six? There is the case where an uninstructed, run-of-the-mill person. assumes about form: 'This is me, this is my self, this is what I am.' He assumes about feeling. perception. fabrications. about what seen, heard, sensed, cognized, attained, sought after, pondered by the intellect: 'This is me, this is my self, this is what I am.' He assumes about the view-position — 'This cosmos is the self. After death this I will be constant, permanent, eternal, not subject to change. I will stay just like that for an eternity': 'This is me, this is my self, this is what I am.'
That, bhikkhus, which is the faculty of conviction is the power of conviction, and that which is the power of conviction is the faculty of conviction. That which is the faculty of energy is the power of energy, and that which is the power of energy is the faculty of energy. That which is the faculty of mindfulness is the power of mindfulness, and that which is the power of mindfulness is the faculty of mindfulness. That which is the faculty of samādhi is the power of samādhi, and that which is the power of samādhi is the faculty of samādhi. That which is the faculty of discernment is the power of discernment, and that which is the power of discernment is the faculty of discernment.
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It is difficult to endure distant forest thicket lodgings, it is difficult to practice seclusion, it is difficult to enjoy solitude. The forests, as it were, plunder the mind of a bhikkhu if he has not gained concentration.
lobha : craving, desire, greed, covetousness. It is one of the three akusala·mūla. At AN , lobha is explained as having abhijjhā for synonym. It can also be considered as nearly synonym with rāga and taṇhā.
attavādupādāna : [ attā + vāda + upādāna ] clinging to the belief in self. Such beliefs are explained in the Brahmajāla Sutta ( DN 6 ), in which 58 out of the 67 views examined relate to the belief in self (views n°9 to 66 are not included). It also constitutes one of the four items that come in the stock definition of upādāna.
sattānaṃ cutūpapātañāṇa : [ satta cutūpapāta + ñāṇa ] the knowledge of the passing away & reappearance of beings. It is one of the three vijjā s. The formula defining it is analyzed there .
kilesa : corruptions/ defilements of the mind. There is no explicit definition given in the suttas, although the term appears quite often. But there are definitions of the term upakkilesa.
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