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  • nekkhamma

'freedom from sensual lust', renunciation.

Though apparently from nir + Ö kram, 'to go forth (into the homeless state of a monk)', this term is in the Pāli texts nevertheless used as if it were derived from kāma, lust, and always as an antonym to kāma. It is one of the perfections (s. pāramī).

N. sankappa, thought free from lust, or thought of renunciation, is one of the 3 kinds of right thought (sammā-sankappa), the 2nd link of the Noble Eightfold Path (s. magga, 2), its antonym being kāmasankappa, lustful thought.


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