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- Avidya a.k.a. Avidyā is commonly translated as "ignorance" or "delusion". It can be defined as not understanding the full meaning and implication of the four noble truths or as a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of reality.
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- Avidya: Avidyā is a Sanskrit word whose literal meaning is "ignorance", "delusion", "unlearned", "unwise" and opposite of, Vidya. It is used extensively in Hindu texts, including the Upanishads, and also in Buddhism.
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The Philosophy of Religion (2007)
An Historical Introduction by Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski
Avidya is a kind of ignorance that involves not only thinking wrongly, but also desiring, feeling, and choosing wrongly. We will return to the connection between sin and wrongdoing, but it is fair to say that teaching the difference between moral ...
by Paul Harvey, Philip Goff
It is called avidya, ...
Sacred Rhetoric and the Uses of Theory by Ralph Flores
Avidya is a term ofimportance in the major Indian philosophies, but it is given a “ specialized meaning” in Buddhism. When that happens—that is, when the traditional, free-floating term avidya is “quilted” by the Buddha—it becomes part of an ...
Revised and Updated Edition by Larry A. Nichols, George Mather, Alvin J. Schmidt
Avidya is a further obstacle that prevents its vidya.
The Philosophy of the Grammarians by Harold G. Coward, K. Kunjunni Raja
Theories of Error In vyakarana as in most other Indian philosophies, error or ignorance (avidya) is ascribed the important function of obstructing the real from view. Although some scholars suggest that Bhartjhari's theory of error is analogous to ...
Illustrative of the Mythology, Philosophy, Literature, Antiquities, Arts, Manners, Customs &c. of the Hindus by John Garrett
Avidya — Ignorance. One of the five afflictions of the Patan- jalu philosophy. Aweyar — In former times, there existed among the Tamil people seven distinguished sages, of whom four were women and three men. Among them Aweyar and ...
In the Yoga philosophy there are five Klesha-karins or causes of pain — ignorance (avidyA); egotism (asmita) ; desire (raga); hatred (dvesha) ; and love of life (abhi-nivesha). 2. "The love of pleasure or of worldly enjoyment, evil or good.
by Madhav Pundalik Pandit, Sri Aurobindo
Avidya, the separative consciousness and the egoistic mind and life that flow from it and all that is natural ...
Encyclopedia of Monasticism (2013)
by William M. Johnston
concerning matters of daily life, such as the names of people, and ignorance (avidya) that keeps one in the cycle of births and deaths. The Sthavira did not ...
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Scrabble value of A1V4I1D2Y4A1
The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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