intention, desire, will.
1. As an ethically neutral psychological term, in the sense
of 'intention', it is one of those general mental factors (cetasika, q.v.
Tab. II) taught in the Abhidhamma, the moral quality of which is determined by
the character of the intention (cetanā, q.v.) associated therewith. The
Com. explains it as 'a wish to do' (kattu-kamyatā-chanda). If
intensified, it acts also as a 'predominance condition' (s. paccaya 3).
2. As an evil quality it has the meaning of 'desire', and is
frequently coupled with terms for 'sensuality', 'greed', etc., for instance:
kāma-cchanda, 'sensuous desire', one of the 5 hindrances (s. nīvarana);
chanda-rāga, 'lustful desire' (s. kāma). It is one of the 4 wrong
paths (s. agati).
3. As a good quality it is a righteous will or zeal
(dhamma-chanda) and occurs, e.g. in the formula of the 4 right efforts (s.
padhāna): "The monk rouses his will (chandam janeti)...." If
intensified, it is one of the 4 roads to power (s. iddhipāda).