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What Is Ignorance?


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#1 Michael John Smith

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 05:42 PM

What do we mean in Mahayana Buddhism by ignorance?

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 12:07 PM

From Dharmaling's Glossary:

Ignorance (skt.: avidya, tib.: ma rig pa) Literally, not seeing that which exists, or the way in which things exist. The fundamental delusion from which all others spring. There are basically two kinds, ignorance of karma and ignorance of ultimate truth. It is not mere lack of knowledge, but mistaken perception of the true nature of phenomena. Due to incorrect apprehension we fail to recognize the Ultimate nature of self and phenomena and falsely ascribe them true existence. Ignorance, karma and desire are the three forces that cause reincarnation. Ignorance is also first of the twelve links of dependent arising.




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