Sunday, October 28, 2007

dug lnga - Five Poisons

The raw material for ye shes lnga, the five wisdoms, is actually dug lnga, the five poisons.

dug is poison. These are like mental poisons, bothering the mind.

lnga is number five.

Sometimes this expression is also dug lnga 'khrugs pa, where 'khrugs pa means distraction, disturbance.

So the really cool idea is to take the poisons, and turn them into the pure form, which is wisdom. The five poisons are: desire, anger, delusion, pride and envy. For most sentient beings, those are present every day, so there's plenty of raw material to work with.

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