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Translations of
English resentment,
Sanskrit upanāha
Tibetan འཁོན་དུ་འཛིན་པ།
(Wylie: 'khon du 'dzin pa;
THL: khön du dzinpa

Upanāha (Sanskrit; Tibetan phonetic: khön du dzinpa) is a Buddhist term translated as "resentment" or "enmity". It is defined as clinging to an intention to cause harm, and withholding forgiveness.[1][2]

It is identified as:


The Abhidharma-samuccaya states:

What is resentment? It is not letting go of an obsession which develops through association with the anger which underlies it. Its function is to be the basis of non-endurance.[1]

Alan Wallace described upanāha as "a lingering holding of anger (Sanskrit: krodha)".[3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Guenther (1975), Kindle Locations 874-875.
  2. Kunsang (2004), p. 27.
  3. Goleman 2008, Kindle Locations 2475.


  • Goleman, Daniel (2008), Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, Bantam, Kindle Edition 
  • Guenther, Herbert V. (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 (2004), Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1, North Atlantic Books 

External links

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