End Notes Becoming (bhava): States of sensuality, form, + formlessness that can develop fr
Becoming (bhava): States of sensuality, form, & formlessness that can
develop from craving & clinging, and provide the condition for
birth on both the internal & external levels.
Binding (vana): Related terms (cf. nibbana--nibbuta) would be vivata,
open; sanvuta, closed, restrained, tied up; & parivuta, surrounded.
See PTS Dictionary, *Varati and *Vunati.
Brahman: The Brahmans of India have long maintained that they, by
their birth, are worthy of the highest respect. Buddhism borrowed
the term Brahman to apply to those who have attained the goal, to
show that respect is earned not by birth, race, or caste, but by
Effluent (asava): Four qualities--sensuality, views, becoming &
ignorance--that 'flow out' of the mind and create the flood (ogha)
of the round of death & rebirth.
Factors of Awakening (sambojjhanga): The seven qualities, developed
through jhana, that lead the mind to Awakening are (1)
mindfulness, (2) investigation of phenomena, (3) energy, (4)
rapture, (5) serenity, (6) concentration, & (7) equanimity.
Fetters (sanyojana): The ten Fetters that bind the mind to the round
of death & rebirth are (1) self-identity views, (2) grasping at
precepts & practices, (3) doubt, (4) sensual passion, (5)
irritation, (6) passion for form, (7) passion for formlessness,
(8) conceit, (9) restlessness, & (10) ignorance.
Hindrances (nivarana): The Five Hindrances that prevent the mind from
gaining concentration are (1) sensual desire, (2) ill will, (3)
sloth & torpor, (4) restlessness & anxiety, and (5) doubt.
Mara: The personification of evil & temptation.
Naga: A term commonly used to refer to strong, stately & heroic
animals, such as elephants & magical serpents. In Buddhism, it is
also used to refer to those who have attained the goal.
Stress (dukkha): Dukkha, which is traditionally translated in the
Commentaries as, 'that which is hard to bear,' is notorious for
having no truly adequate equivalent in English, but 'stress'--in
its basic sense as a strain on body or mind--seems to be as close
as English can get. In the Pali Canon, dukkha applies both to
physical & to mental phenomena, ranging from the intense stress of
acute anguish or pain to the innate burdensomeness of even the most
subtle mental or physical fabrications.
Such (tadi): An adjective to describe one who has attained the goal.
It indicates that the person's state is indefinable but not subject
to change or influences of any sort.
Tathagata: Literally, 'one who has become real (tatha-agata),' an
epithet used in ancient India for a person who has attained the
highest religious goal. In Buddhism, it usually refers
specifically to the Buddha, although occasionally it also refers to
any of his disciples who have attained the Buddhist goal.
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