Akusala Cetasika: 2 definitions


Akusala Cetasika means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

There are 14 akusala cetasikas.They are

  1. 4 cetasikas in moha team
  2. 3 cetasikas in lobha team
  3. 4 cetasikas in dosa team
  4. 3 cetasikas in miscellaneous team.
Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

Akusala citta and akusala cetasika are akusala dhammas, dhammas which are unskilful, unprofitable, unclean, impure.

There are fourteen akusala cetasikas which can accompany only akusala citta. Some akusala cetasikas accompany only certain types of akusala cittas.

There are four types of akusala cetasikas which have to arise with every akusala citta. These cetasikas are:

  1. ignorance, moha
  2. shamelessness, ahirika
  3. recklessness, anottappa
  4. restlessness, uddhacca

One of these, ignorance, is root, the other three are not roots These four types have to assist each akusala citta in performing; its function. So long as these types have not been eradicated akusala citta will arise. Only the arahat has eradicated these four types, For him there are no more conditions for the arising of akusala.

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).

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