Kama

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Kama refers to sensuality or sensual pleasures.

In Theravada texts, this term is often combined with other terms or words. For example:

  • Kamacchanda (sensory desire) is one of the Five hindrances
  • Kama-tanha (sense-craving) is one of three aspects of Tanha
  • Kamasankappa - refers to intention governed by desire; here desire can be interpreted as self-seeking desire in all its forms (Bikkhu Bodhi, The Noble Eightfold Path (Access to Insight: 1999) p. 26)
  • Nekkhamma refers to being free from sensory desire

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