Kilesa & klesa

stain, soil, impurity, fig. affliction; in a moral sense, depravity, lust. Its occurrence in the Piṭakas is rare; in later works, very frequent, where it is approx. tantamount to our terms lower, or unregenerate nature, sinful desires, vices passions.

  1. Kilesa as obstacle (see ˚*āvaraṇa*, ˚-sampayutta ˚-vippayutta, ˚pahāna) Pts.i.33; Sdhp.455; bhikkhu bhinnakileso “one whose passions are broken up Vb.246, Pv-a.51; upasanta kileso “one whose passions are calmed” Pv-a.230; no ce pi jātu puriso kilese vāto yathā abbhaghanaṃ vihāne Snp.348; pariyodapeyya attānaṃ cittaklesehi paṇḍito SN.v.24 = AN.v.232, AN.v.253 = Dhp.88.
  2. Occurs in such combinations as kilesā ca khandhā ca abhisankhārā ca Cnd.487; kilesa + khandha: Pts.i.69 Pts.i.72; Pts.ii.36, Pts.ii.140; cp. Vb.44, Vb.68; kilesa + saṃsāra Pv-a.7 kammaṃ kilesā hetu saṃsārassa Ne.113, cp. Ne.191
  3. kilesa also occurs in a series explanatory of taṇhā, in the stereotype combination of t., diṭṭhi, kilesa “clinging to existence, false ideas and lust” (see Cnd. s.v. taṇhā v.).
  4. In the same function it stands with rāga, viz rāga dosa moha kilesa, i.e. sensuality, bewilderment and lust (see Cnd. s.v. rāga ii.), cp. Dhs.982, Dhs.1006. The grouping as dasa kilesa-vatthūni is: lobha dosa moha māna diṭṭhi vicikicchā thīnaṃ uddhaccaṃ ahirikaṃ anottappaṃ Dhs.1548 = Vb.341; Vism.683; mentioned at Pts.i.130
    ■ These with the exception of the last two, are also grouped as aṭṭha k˚-vatthūni at Vb.385
    ■ As three kilesas (past, present and future at Pts.ii.217.
  5. The giving up of kilesa is one of the four essentials of perfection: the recognition of evil the removal of its source (which is kilesa), the meditation on the Path, and the realization of the extinction of evil ‣See Cnd s.v. dukkha ii. Kilesa in this connection interchanges with samudaya, as denoting the origin of evil; cp. samudayo kilesā Netti.191.
  • -āvaraṇa the obstacle of lust Vb.342 Pp.13 Vism.177
  • -āvaraṇatā identical AN.iii.436
  • -kkhaya the destruction of lust Bdhd 81
  • -paripantha danger of lust
  • -pahāna the giving up of worldly lust Vin.iii.92f. Vin.iv.25; Bdhd 129, 131
  • -puñja the heap of lusts; consisting of ten qualities, viz. the four āhārā (etc. four of each:), vipallāsā, upādānāni, yogā, gandhā āsavā, oghā, sallā, viññāṇaṭṭhitiyo, agatigamanāni Netti.113, Netti.114; Netti.116 sq.
  • -bhūmi the substratum or essence of lust Netti.2, 192; there are four mentioned at Netti.161: anusaya˚, pariyuṭṭhāna˚, saṁyojana˚ upādāna˚
  • -māra death which is the consequence of sinful desire Dhp-a.i.317 (in explanation of Māra)
  • -vatthūni (pl.) the (10) divisions of kilesa ‣See above Dhs.1229 Dhs.1548; Vism.20
  • -vinaya the discipline of lust Netti.22
  • -vippayutta free from lust (dhamma principles, to which belongs Nibbāna) Dhs.1555
  • -sampayutta connected or affected with lust Dhs.1554 (as 12 principles) Vb.18 = Vb.30 = Vb.44 = Vb.56, Vb.68, Vb.80, Vb.96, Vb.120, Vb.323

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