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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).[1]

Kāmarāga is identified as:

Underlying tendency (anusaya)

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.[2]

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."[2]


  1. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. kāmaragā.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dalai Lama & Thubten Chodron 2018b, s.v. Chapter 3: True Origins of Dukkha, section "Underlying Tendencies".