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kāmarāga (T. 'dod pa la 'dod chags འདོད་པ་ལ་འདོད་ཆགས་; C. yutan 欲貪) is translated as "sensual craving," "sensuous craving," etc. It is the desire for physical pleasure and sensuality. It is an intensification of mere kāma (sensuality).
Kāmarāga is identified as:
- one of the ten fetters
- one of the seven underlying tendencies in the Pali tradition and the Abhidharma-kosa of the Sanskrit tradition
In the context of the underlying tendencies (anusaya):
- ... attachment to sensuality (kāmarāga) is the attachment of the desire realm that hungers after sensory objects of the desire realm – sights, sounds, and so forth.
Kāmarāga is distinguished from attachment to existence (bhavarāga), which is defined as "attachment to birth in the form and formless realms; it is possessed by beings in all three realms who cling to the bliss of concentration."
- ↑ Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. kāmaragā.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dalai Lama & Thubten Chodron 2018b, s.v. Chapter 3: True Origins of Dukkha, section "Underlying Tendencies".
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Dalai Lama; Thubten Chodron (2018b), Saṃsāra, Nirvāṇa, and Buddha Nature, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion, Volume 3, Wisdom Publications