Most of the defilements we accumulate are not from our actions & talk; but from our thoughts & wishes.
The three main roots of sin are greed, hatred & ignorance (Lobha, dwesha & Moha), which lead to sinful thoughts.
As two persons do not see eye to eye, the appearance of these thoughts would vary according to the place, situation and the person, even if the thought is the same.
This diversity has made it possible to count 1500 defilements which are caused by the three main roots of sin. If we can understand this situation at least to some extent, we would be able to live a life free of attachments.
Getting rid of these defilements restrains one’s mind. It opens the path to insight.Read More >> http://www.thebuddhism.net/sermons-vide ... ts-part-1/