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abhidhyā (P. abhijjhā; T. brnab sems; C. tan 貪) is translated as “covetousness,” "selfishness,' etc.[1][2] This term is a near synonym for greed (lobha) and craving (tṛṣṇā). Abhidhyā is listed as the eighth of the ten unwholesome actions (akuśalakarmapatha).

The Princeton Dictionary states:

Abhidhyā is a more intense form of lobha in which one’s inherent greed or lust for objects has evolved into an active pursuit of them in order to make them one’s own (“Ah, would that they were mine,” the commentaries say).[2]


  1. Internet-icon.svg brnab sems, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. abhidhyā