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Translations of
English pliancy,
Pali passaddhi
Sanskrit prasrabhi, praśrabdhi
Chinese 輕安(T) / 轻安(S)
Korean 경안
(RR: gyeongan)
Tibetan ཤིན་ཏུ་སྦྱང་བ།
(Wylie: shin tu sbyang ba;
THL: shintu jangwa

Prasrabhi (Sanskrit; Tibetan: ཤིན་ཏུ་སྦྱང་བ་, Tibetan Wylie: shin tu sbyang ba, Pali: passaddhi) is a Mahayana Buddhist term translated as "pliancy", "flexibility", or "alertness". It is defined as the ability to apply body and mind towards virtuous activity.[1][2] Prasrabhi is identified as:


The Abhidharma-samuccaya states:

What is alertness? It is the pliability of body and mind in order to interrupt the continuity of the feeling of sluggishness in body and mind. Its function is to do away with all obscurations.[1]

The Khenjuk states:

Pliancy is the ability to apply body and mind to virtue. Its function is to overcome negative tendencies.[2][3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Guenther (1975), Kindle Locations 623-624.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kunsang (2004), p. 25.
  3. Pliancy (Rigpa Wiki)


  • Guenther, Herbert V. & Leslie S. Kawamura (1975), Mind in Buddhist Psychology: A Translation of Ye-shes rgyal-mtshan's "The Necklace of Clear Understanding". Dharma Publishing. Kindle Edition.
  • Kunsang, Erik Pema (translator) (2004). Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1. North Atlantic Books.

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