(Tibetan nyon mongs) "An affliction is defined as a phenomenon that, when it arises, is disturbing in character and that, through arising, disturbs the mind-stream." (Asanga, Compendium of Knowledge) In Buddhist philosophy, ten general forms of afflictions are described: attachment, hostility, pride, ignorance, doubt, seeing the false I's as real, seeing the false I's as lasting or wrongly believing self to end with death, beliefs in wrong views, beliefs that certain behaviors lead to liberation (i.e. mechanically), and wrong views in general.


"Tremendous is the effort and the vigilance that is needed from second to second, from moment to moment, in order to not fall into illusions. One minute of unawareness is enough for the mind to be already dreaming about something else, distracting it from the job or deed that we are living at the moment."