the 7 'proclivities', inclinations, or
tendencies are: sensuous greed (kāma-rāga, s.
samyojana), grudge (patigha),
speculative opinion (ditthi), sceptical doubt (vicikicchĀ), conceit (māna), craving for continued existence (bhavarāga),
ignorance (avijjĀ) (D.33; A.VII.11-12).
"These things are called 'proclivities' since, in consequence
of their pertinacity, they ever and again tend to become the conditions for the
arising of ever new sensuous greed, etc.'' (Vis.M. XXII, 60).
Yam. VII, first determines in which beings such and such
proclivities exist, and which proclivities, and with regard to what, and in
which sphere of existence. Thereafter it gives an explanation concerning their
overcoming, their penetration, etc. Cf. Guide VI (vii).
According to Kath.
several ancient Buddhist schools erroneously held the opinion that the
anusayas, as such, meant merely latent, hence karmically neutral qualities,
which however Contradicts the Theravāda conception. Cf. Guide V, 88, 108, 139.