Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What is Ignorance?

Ignorance is the Root of Suffering!

At Varanasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana, they once asked Sāriputta:
Ignorance, ignorance, it is said, what now, friend, is this ignorance,
and in what way is one immersed in such ignorance?
Here, friend, the uninstructed ordinary person does not understand
as it really is: The arising, the ceasing, the satisfaction, the danger,
nor the escape, nor the way leading to escape, neither in the case of
form, nor of in the case of feeling, nor of in the case of perception,
nor of in the case of mental construction, nor of in the case of this
consciousness. This, friends, is called ignorance, and in this way is
one indeed still immersed in the fatal blindness of ignorance...

More on Ignorance (Avijjā):

The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya 22:131+5 III 174-6

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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