Akusala, aka: Akushala; 9 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Unwholesome, unskillful, demeritorious. See its opposite, kusala.(Source): Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

T ((That which is ) bad, improper) N Demerit caused by a negative action, a negative word or a negative intention, which does forcibly generate a painful consequence, whether in thos present life or the followings, for the one who does commit it.

All negative actions are akusalas.

There do exist five akusalas (pancanantariyakan) that do prevent one from realising nibbana in this present life:

  • matu yataka
    Killing ones mother
  • phitu yataka
    Killing ones father
  • arahanta yataka
    Killing an arahanta
  • lohituppa taka
    To inflict an haematoma to a Buddha (it is impossible to kill a Buddha)
  • sangha bhedaka
    To create a schism or a conflict within the sangha
  • (Source): Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

    See Akusala Cittas

    (Source): Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama


    are all those karmic volitions (kamma-cetanā; s. cetanā) and the consciousness and mental concomitants associated therewith, which are accompanied either by greed (lobha) or hate (dosa) or merely delusion (moha); and all these phenomena are causes of unfavourable karma-results and contain the seeds of unhappy destiny or rebirth. 

    Cf. karma, paticca-samuppāda (1), Tab. II.

    (Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

    (Unwholesome) = akusala -- or -- karmically: akusala.

    (Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
    context information

    Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

    General definition (in Buddhism)

    Sanskrit word. It means bad Karma.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary

    Languages of India and abroad

    Pali-English dictionary

    akusala : (nt.) demerit; sin; bad action. (adj.), unskilful.

    (Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
    Pali book cover
    context information

    Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

    Marathi-English dictionary

    akuśala (अकुशल).—a (S) Unskilful, inexpert, unapt, not clever or adroit.

    (Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
    context information

    Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

    Sanskrit-English dictionary

    Akuśala (अकुशल).—a. [na. ta]

    1) Inauspicious, evil; unlucky, unfortunate.

    2) Not clever or skilful.

    3) Unpleasant, unwelcome; न द्वेष्ट्यकुशलं कर्म (na dveṣṭyakuśalaṃ karma) Bg.1.1.

    -lam Evil; स स्निग्धो ऽकुशलान्निवारयति यः (sa snigdho 'kuśalānnivārayati yaḥ) H.2.141 guards from evils.

    (Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
    context information

    Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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