Kamatanha, Kama-tanha, Kāmataṇhā: 5 definitions


Kamatanha 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'sensuous craving'; s. tanhā.

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

sensuous craving; Kama-tanha is craving for the sense-objects which are experienced through the six doors.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Kama-tanha (sense-craving) is described as follows:

1) Pali: kāma-taṇhā

2) Also referred to as craving for "sensuality" or "sensual pleasures"

3) This is a craving for sense objects which provide pleasant feeling, or craving for sensory pleasures.

4) Walpola Rahula states that tanha includes not only desire for sense-pleasures, wealth and power, but also "desire for, and attachment to, ideas and ideals, views, opinions, theories, conceptions and beliefs (dhamma-taṇhā)."

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kāmataṇhā : (f.) thirst after sensual pleasure.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kāmataṇhā refers to: thirst after sensual pleasures; the first of the three taṇhās, viz. kāma°, bhava°, vibhava° D. III, 216, 275; It. 50; Vbh. 365 (where defined as kāmadhātupaṭisaṃyutto rāgo); Dhs. 1059, 1136 (cp. taṇhā: jappāpassage); as the three taṇhā, viz. ponobbhavikā, nandirāga-sahagatā, tatratatr’âbhinandinī at Vin. I, 10= Vbh. 101; as k-taṇhāhi khajjamāno k-pariḷāhena pariḍayhamāno M. I, 504. See also D. II, 308; S. I, 131; A. II, 11; Th. 2, 140; J. II, 311; V, 451; Miln. 318.

Note: kāmataṇhā is a Pali compound consisting of the words kāma and taṇhā.

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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.

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