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Pali for "mountain of ignorance?" - Dhamma Wheel

Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

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Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

Postby JMGinPDX » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:59 pm

I'm not adept enough at Pali to find the proper term, unfortunately.
My totally unschooled portmanteau is "avijjagiri," but I"m sure that's not accurate :)

The concept stems from MN 125 (and others) where the Buddha is using the simile of two friends at a tall mountain, the one below refusing to believe the other can see fields and ponds and groves from the top of the mountain due to the obstruction of the mountain itself...and how the mountain is the metaphor for our ignorance blocking our view of liberation.

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Re: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

Postby Nicolas » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:34 pm

I don't know, but the Pali in MN 125 has pabbata for mountain instead of giri.

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Re: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:36 pm

The Pāli term used is "avijjākhandhena" which Bhikkhu Bodhi translates a mass of ignorance. The word khandha means a collection, lump, or aggregate.
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Re: Pali for "mountain of ignorance?"

Postby SarathW » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:08 pm

In Sri Lanka we say "Kandha" or "Giri" for the mountain or a heap.
So I like the translation "mass of ignorance".
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