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kāmamithyācāra (P. kāmamicchācāra; T. 'dod pas log par g.yem pa/log g.yem; C. xieyin; J. jain; K. saŭm 邪淫). Literally, “wrong conduct due to sensuality,”[1] the term is generally translated into English as “sexual misconduct”.[1][2][3]

The Princeton Dictionary states:

Sexual misconduct constitutes the third of the ten unwholesome courses of action or nonvirtuous deeds (akuśalakarmapatha) and figures prominently in the precepts of both Buddhist clergy and laity. In its most straightforward formulation, sensual misconduct is defined (from the male perspective) as sexual intercourse with an inappropriate partner, often defined as a woman who is under the protection of another male.[1]

The Rangjung Yeshe Dharma Dictionary states:

To lust for and engage in sexual misconduct with someone who is not to be enjoyed, such as someone else's spouse.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. abhidhyā
  2. Internet-icon.svg 'dod pas log par g.yem pa, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  3. 3.0 3.1 Internet-icon.svg ལོག་གཡེམ་, Christian-Steinert Dictionary