Asaṃprajanya (T. shes bzhin min pa; C. buzhengzhi) is translated as "inattentiveness", "non-alertness", etc. It is a mental factor which is defined as the distracted discrimination accompanying a disturbing emotion.
Asaṃprajanya is identified as:
- One of the twenty secondary unwholesome factors within the Abhidharma-samuccaya of the Sanskrit tradition
- The opposite of samprajanya (alertness, attentiveness, vigilance)
The Abhidharma-samuccaya states:
- What is inattentiveness? It is it discriminating awareness which is simultaneous with and on the same level as the emotions and thereby is made inattentive regarding actions by body, speech, and mind. It has the function of providing a basis for falling from one's level of being.
The Khenjuk states:
- Non-alertness [inattention] is the distracted discrimination accompanying a disturbing emotion. It results in a hasty and mindless engagement in the actions of the three doors without alertness, and so forms the support for downfalls to occur.
- Being unalert (shes-bzhin ma-yin-pa) is a disturbing, deluded discriminating awareness associated with longing desire (raga), hostility (dvesha), or naivety (moha), that causes us to enter into improper physical, verbal, or mental activity without knowing correctly what is proper or improper. Thus, we do not take steps to correct or prevent our improper behavior.
The significance of this mental factor is noted in the following verse from the Bodhicaryavatara (Chapter V, verse 26):
A person who is learned and has trust
But does not apply himself diligently
Will be sullied by falling from his status
Because the defect of not being watchful has clung to him.
- inattentiveness (Guenther)
- inattention (Rigpa wiki)
- non-alertness (Kunsang)
- being unalert (Berzin)
- without circumspection (Buswell)
- without clear comprehension (Buswell)
- Berzin, Alexander (ed.), Primary Minds and the 51 Mental Factors, StudyBuddhism
- Mipham Rinpoche (2004), Gateway to Knowledge, vol. I, translated by Kunsang, Erik Pema, Rangjung Yeshe Publications
- Yeshe Gyeltsen (1975), Mind in Buddhist Psychology: A Translation of Ye-shes rgyal-mtshan's "The Necklace of Clear Understanding", translated by Guenther, Herbert V.; Kawamura, Leslie S., Dharma Publishing
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