Avidya paccaya sankara

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Avidya paccaya sankara

Post by justindesilva »

The first nidana in paticca samuppada
being avidya conditions sankara as avidya pacca sankara. I have listened to sermons and read texts with avidya explained with 3 different meanings.
1. Avidya is ignorance of four noble truths.
2. Ven. Punnaji thero explained that avidya is insentience while avidya as ignorance cannot arise before vingnana or consciousness arises.
3. In a TV sermon last week it was explained that avidya in paticca samuppada arises as defiled thinking with akusala citta and follows suit. Avidya is also mentioned as a neevarana in this sermon.
My question here is what is the best out of these 3 to explain avidya in paticca samuppada.
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Re: Avidya paccaya sankara

Post by Ontheway »

No 1.

That is the best answer. It follows the Sutta texts, doesn't mispresenting the Teachings, well expounded in Abhidhamma, and well supported by Atthakatha.
"They take untruth for truth; they take truth for untruth; such persons can never arrive at the truth, for they hold wrong views." - Dhammapada 1:11

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Re: Avidya paccaya sankara

Post by SarathW »

The Blessed One said, "Monks, ignorance is the leader in the attainment of unskillful qualities, followed by lack of conscience & lack of concern. In an unknowledgeable person, immersed in ignorance, wrong view arises. In one of wrong view, wrong resolve arises.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html

So ignorance is the forerunner of the wrong view. We have to investigate what is the right view to understanding what is wisdom.
Which is explained in the following sutta. Knowing four Noble Truths is one of them.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .ntbb.html
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”
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