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arūpyarāga (P. arūparāga; T. gzugs med pa’i ’dod chags; C. wuse tan 無色貪) is translated as “craving for immaterial existence,” "desire for existence in the formless realm," etc.[1]

Ārūpyarāga is the desire to be reborn as a deva in the formless realm (arūpadhātu), "where beings are composed entirely of mentality and are perpetually absorbed in the meditative bliss of the immaterial absorptions or attainments (ārūpyāvacaradhyāna)."[1]

It is one of the ten fetters.


  • Rhys Davids & Stede (1921-25), pp. 574-5, "Rūpa" entry (retrieved 2008-04-09), suggests that arūparāgo may be defined as "lust after rebirth in arūpa." Bodhi (2000), p. 1565, SN 45.180, translates it as "lust for the formless." Gethin (1998), p. 73, uses "desire for the formless." Harvey (2007), p. 72, uses "attachment to the pure form or formless worlds." Thanissaro (2000) uses "passion for what is formless." Walshe (1995), p. 27, uses "craving for existence in the Formless World."