are 3 Mental Fermentations (Âsavas):
The Blessed Buddha
once said: Bhikkhus, there are 3 mental fermentations.
What are these three mental concoctions?
The mental Fermentation joined with Sensuality..
2: The mental Fermentation linked with Becoming..
3: The mental Fermentation associated with Ignorance..
are the three mental fermentations.
8-fold Way is to be developed for the direct experience of these
for the full understanding of them, for their complete
elimination, and for
their final overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind...
1: The mental
fermentation (āsava) linked with sensuality is the false assumption,
that sensing always
brings pleasure, while actually sensing also is associated with
pain and also neutral feeling, which is far the most common!
2: The mental
fermentation associated with becoming is like the banal yet common
wishing: May I become rich, beautiful, and famous,
not noticing that any becoming
inevitably is associated with change, decay, death, and thus
The mental fermentation associated with ignorance is the misconceptions we
make by inaccurate approximation, undue generalization and
Ex: We make the observation: The horizon is linear. Then we assume, project
simplify by conceptual
generalization: 'The earth must be flat', which is a false
a while many would chop
off your head, if you suggested anything else, than that screaming error…
During biological fermentation sugar, water and yeast ferments into
The alcohol was not there to begin with... It was made up by the
During mental fermentation observations, mixed with ideas and
ferments into a misconception, that was not there in the raw
misconception 'pancake earth' is not to be seen in an (almost) flat
This 'pancake round disc earth' concept is a false idea fermented
by the mind desperately trying to predict the relations between the
Mind misconstrues and misconceives these relations, and thus misunderstands...
Notably mind ferments the three universal characteristics into their
Mind misconceives what actually is impermanent, as it was
Mind misunderstands what ultimately is suffering, as it was
Mind mistakes what fundamentally is impersonal as me, mine, what I
am & my self..
For Details on the 3 or 4 Mental Fermentations
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book [V:56] section 45: The Way. 163: The fermentations ...