alobha, adosa, amoha

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    • #13323
      sybe07
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      Hi,

      adosa, alobha, amoha what does this mean?
      does adosa mean the absence of dosa? (as example).
      does this mean the presence of metta?
      is adosa therefor metta or can there also be adosa without presence of metta?

      is alobha, generosity?
      is amoha, panna?

      kind regards,
      Siebe

    • #13329
      Tobias G
      Participant

      Lal wrote in the post cetasika – connection to gathi, #10:
      …However, amoha does not mean wisdom (panna)! Amoha is not a cetasika, but is a root cause. It is in all kusala citta in the sense that the immoral cetasika of moha is not present at that moment, i.e., the mind is not “covered”.

      As I understand it: adosa is kindness and alobha is generosity.

      • #13332
        sybe07
        Spectator

        Thanks Tobias G,

        kind regards,
        Siebe

    • #13335
      Lal
      Keymaster

      Lobha, dosa, moha are the deepest levels of greed, hate, and ignorance. As one follows the Path, they are gradually reduced; see:
      Lobha,Dosa, Moha versus Raga, Patigha, Avijja

      A clear break to raga, patigha, avijja occurs at the Sotapanna stage. One of the three types of raga (kama raga) and patigha are reduced at the Sakadagami stage, and removed at the Anagami stage. The other two types of raga (bhava and vibhava raga) and avijja completely removed at the Arahant stage.
      When one acts without lobha, dosa, moha, one is acting with alobha, adosa, amoha. Even the most immoral person may act with alobha, adosa, amoha sometimes. As one follows the Path one will act with less and less moha, dosa, moha.

      Just like lobha, dosa, moha have various levels, alobha, adosa, amoha also have different levels. For example, as dosa decreases from mere adosa, metta, karuna, mudita increase. As lobha decreases from mere alobha, one’s tendency to give (dana) and help out others increases. One will also start acting with amoha more and more, and as one learns Dhamma, one’s panna (wisdom) will grow. Of course, amoha is greatly reduced when one removes ten types of mica ditthi, and panna will start growing drastically when one starts comprehending Tilakkhana.

      It is important to realize that acting with panna (wisdom) is much more than acting with amoha. Amoha just means acting without moha (i.e., acting with amoha). One has to learn Dhamma to act with panna. And panna grows exponentially when one starts comprehending Tilakkhana.

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