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Macchariya, 5 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism


Macchariya, & Macchera (nt.) (cp. Epic Sk. mātsarya) avarice, stinginess, selfishness, envy; one of the principal evil passions & the main cause of rebirth in the Petaloka.—1. macchariya: A. I, 95, 299; III, 272; Dh. III, 44 (issā°), 289; Sn. 863 (°yutta), 928; Pug. 19, 23; Vbh. 357, 389, 391.—Five sorts of selfishness are mentioned: āvāsa°, kula°, lābha°, vaṇṇa°, dhamma° D. III, 234; Nd1 118, 227; A. IV, 456; Dhs. 1122 (cp. Dhs. tsrl. 2 p. 276); Vism. 683; DhsA. 373, 374. Selfishness is one of the evil conditions which have to be renounced as habits of mind by force of intelligence A. V, 40, 209; Miln. 289; PvA. 87, 124.—2. macchera A. I, 105 (°mala), 281; Dh. 242; It. 18; Nd1 260; Sdhp. 313, 510. At A. II, 58 and elsewhere the state called vigata-mala-macchera “with the stain of avarice vanished, ” is freq. mentioned as a feature of the blameless life and a preparation for Arahantship.—Note. The (etym.) expln of macchariya at VbhA. 513 is rather interesting: “idaṃ acchariyaṃ mayhaṃ eva hotu, mā aññassa acchariyaṃ hotū ti pavattattā macchariyan ti vuccati” (from the Purāṇas? ). (Page 514)

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

macchariya : (nt.) avarice; niggardliness.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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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.

General definition (in Buddhism)


Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

'stinginess', avarice. "There are 5 kinds of stinginess, o monks; regarding the dwelling place, regarding families, regarding gain, regarding recognition, regarding mental things' (A.IX.49; Pug. 56).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Part of the Dosa Team.


Another dosa related cetasika is macchariya. It is stinginess. This cetasika makes citta not wanting the assumed ones own properties exposed to the assumed others. Issa can arise in both the poor and the rich and macchariya does the same. Rich and poor may be wealthiness, healthiness, beauty, avasa or home or place, origin or jati, mitta or friends and many other things.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

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