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Avijjā

References:

[DN 33]
Digha Nikaya #33: Sangiti Sutta 3s#20
PTS: The Recital, 3s#20 pp 209; 288;
WP: Walshe, trans, The Long Discourses of the Buddha, The Chanting Together #3.20 pp484
BD: The Compilation 3s#20, MO, trans.
The Pali Line, The Tenth Question: Samma Vijja
The 10th Lesson: The Destruction of the Asavas
[MN.9]
WP: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, #9: Right View, Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans, pp134
Puremind, M. Punnaji, Awakening Meditation, pp8-56
[MN 2]
All The Asavas Outline of Majjhima I:#2: Sabbasavasutta
AIT: All the Fermentations, MN I:2, Thanissaro, trans.
WP: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, All the Taints, pp 91
PTS: The Collection of The Middle Length Sayings, Translated by I.B. Horner, Discourse on All the Cankers, pp8
[AN]
PTS: The Book of the Gradual Sayings, III, v (75): The Warrior, Hare, trans., pp76
ATI: The Warrior, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
[SN 5.45.163]
PTS: The Book of the Kindred Sayings, V, The Great Chapter, Kindred Sayings on the Way, iii: Asava, Woodward, trans., pp45

 

Pali MO Hare Horner Punnaji Bodhi Nanamoli Rhys Davids (Mrs)Rhys Davids Thanissaro Walshe Woodward
avijjā blindness ignorance ignorance unconsciousness ignorance ignorance ignorance ignorance ignorance ignorance nescience

 


 

In this system avijja always refers to not seeing The Four Truths or Paticca Samuppāda.

A = not; vijja = vision. Here it is better to use "blindness" than "ignorance" because it can be that one is ignorant, comes across the Four Truths, is no longer ignorant but knows nothing of, or does not see, or is blind to the meaning — and this is the meaning of avijja. One who was blind to the meaning and who sees, is no longer either blind nor ignorant.

 


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