Three poisons

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The Three poisons or in Sanskrit either triviṣa or triklesha, in Tibetan dug gsum, is an expression from Buddhism, Ayurvedic medicine 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:

  1. Greed - desire - lust - attachment: Vata dosha in Ayurvedic medicine. Related to wind element, as in "winds of desire"
  2. Anger - hate: Pitta dosha, related to fire element
  3. Ignorance or stupidity: Kapha dosha - related to earth element

Alternate Translation

  • 'destructive emotions'

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