What is the taint of being?

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism

What is the taint of being?

Postby Spiny Norman » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:24 pm

In MN9 ( see extract below ) the taints are desribed as sensual desire, being and ignorance. But what is the taint of being?

"And what are the taints, what is the origin of the taints, what is the cessation of the taints, what is the way leading to the cessation of the taints? There are three taints: the taint of sensual desire, the taint of being and the taint of ignorance. With the arising of ignorance there is the arising of the taints. With the cessation of ignorance there is the cessation of the taints."
Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
User avatar
Spiny Norman
 
Posts: 2693
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:32 am
Location: Spam, wonderful spam

Re: What is the taint of being?

Postby Nyana » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:37 pm

porpoise wrote:In MN9 ( see extract below ) the taints are desribed as sensual desire, being and ignorance. But what is the taint of being?

It's referring to the āsava of existence (bhavāsava). It's related to craving existence (bhavataṇhā). IIRC the commentaries correlate it with passion for existence in the form realms (i.e. rūparāga), but I'd have to look that up to be sure.
Nyana
 
Posts: 2227
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:56 am

Re: What is the taint of being?

Postby Spiny Norman » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:33 pm

Ñāṇa wrote:
porpoise wrote:In MN9 ( see extract below ) the taints are desribed as sensual desire, being and ignorance. But what is the taint of being?

It's referring to the āsava of existence (bhavāsava). It's related to craving existence (bhavataṇhā). IIRC the commentaries correlate it with passion for existence in the form realms (i.e. rūparāga), but I'd have to look that up to be sure.


Yes, thanks. I was trying to work out what craving existence means in practice - is it analogous to what we'd call "survival instinct"?
Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
User avatar
Spiny Norman
 
Posts: 2693
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:32 am
Location: Spam, wonderful spam


Return to General Theravāda discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 14 guests