The Three poisons or in Sanskrit either triviṣa or triklesha, in Tibetan dug gsum, is an expression from Buddhism and Tibetan medicine that refers to the most common emotional - mental afflictions that beings experience.
They are featured in the center of the archetypal Tibetan Buddhist tangkha painting called the Wheel of Life and there are represented as a pig, snake and bird representing ignorance, anger and desire.
The trivisha or triklesha are variously explained as:
- Greed - desire - lust - attachment. Related to wind element, as in "winds of desire"
- Anger - hate - related to fire element
- Ignorance or stupidity - related to earth element
- 'destructive emotions'