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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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by Surendranath Dasgupta
Thus Lokacaryya writes :—“ It is called prakrti since it is the source of all change, it is called avidya since it is opposed to...
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, ...
A Monthly Magazine for China, Japan and Eastern Asia
Now, since Avidya is a false knowledge, and is also the medium of all mundane existence, when it ceases, the world vanishes; and Manas, relieved from its illusion, is absorbed into Upaya Prajna.'l' Pravritti is the state of things under the ...
by Bilal Ahmed
Avidya is anandamaya kosa. Avidya is a false perception by which the ignorant jiva takes the body and intellect as pure, permanent and a source of pleasure.
Sacred Rhetoric and the Uses of Theory by Ralph Flores
Avidya is a term of importance 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 ...
by Michael B. Wilkinson
Avidya means ignorance, or individual ignorance. According to Sankara, avidya is potentially endless, but it can be ended at any moment when a human attains spiritual enlightenment. Avidya is believed to cause man to move further away ...
by T V Sairam
avidya (Ind.) Ignorance;a state of mind, unawarenessof reality. Buddhism believes that it is avidya that ...
Religious Celebrations: An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations [2 volumes] (2011)
An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations by J. Gordon Melton
(avidya). The. Noble. Eightfold. Path. C°"g"“-“*1. provides practical advice and exercises both to acquire an understanding of these principles and to embark on the liberating path to extinguish the “thirst” (trishna). This path is directed ...
Encyclopedia of Religions (2008)
by John G. R. Forlong
nourished by ignorance (Avidya) ; " lessen Avidya and you will lessen Jati (or births), and sooner reach the end of the journey " — the " further shore," the centre of the wheel, away from its whirling segments, the peace ...
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 ...
A Dictionary of Philosophy (1984)
Revised Second Edition by Antony Flew
'ignorance' (avidya) upon pure consciousness (brahman) and individuality as the effect of (individual) ignorance ...
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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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