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Volume 8 Issue 1
January-2021
eISSN: 2349-5162

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JETIR2101103

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775-783

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Carita (Temperament) in Theravada Buddhism

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2349-5162

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"Carita (Temperament) in Theravada Buddhism", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.8, Issue 1, page no.775-783, January-2021, Available :http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR2101103.pdf

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ABSTRACT In layperson’s language, habits strongly and rigidly conform to one’s characteristic. For example, even if you feed a dog well, he will surely nibble on an old worn-out shoe once he gets one. Or at the least he will sniff at the shoe, even if he is not hungry. Likewise, a person with bad habits will be mean, have vasana (characteristic or trait). He cannot get rid of his rooted habits. Therefore, it is important to examine one’s own Carita and of others, associated with what kind of vasana or carita one has? Carita is a predominant nature in one’s behavioral pattern, means Temperament. Temperament (Carita) means personal nature, the character of a person as revealed by his or her natural attitudes and conduct. In brief, there are six categories of ‘Carita’, namely (1) Rāgacarita- greed temperament, (2) Dosacarita- hatred temperament, (3)Mohacarita- deluded temperament (4) Saddhācarita- faithful temperament, (5) Buddhicarita- intelligence temperament, and (6) Vitakkacarita- speculative temperament. Venerable Buddaghosa provided four causes of carita in Visuddhimagga as follows: (1) previous habit, (2) element and humor, (3) past existence, (4) kamma and associated root (hetu). Unwholesome carita and one who used to enjoy performing desirable tasks and gratifying work develop rāgacarita; one who used to enjoy stabbing, torturing and brutal work develop dosacarita; and one who has formerly drunk a lot of intoxicants and neglected learning and questioning develop moha carita. Then, at the moment of accumulation of kamma in one’s mind when all unwholesome roots are strong, all wholesome roots are weak, of them, strong greed is the cause of greed temperament, strong anger is the cause of hate temperament and delusion is the cause of delusion and speculation temperament. In the present paper, the Carita, its causes and its importance, and its relation to present and past life has been discussed in details.

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Carita, Kammatthana, Meditation, Personality, Traits

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"Carita (Temperament) in Theravada Buddhism", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.8, Issue 1, page no. pp775-783, January-2021, Available at : http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR2101103.pdf

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Published Paper ID: JETIR2101103
Registration ID: 305021
Published In: Volume 8 | Issue 1 | Year January-2021
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Page No: 775-783
ISSN Number: 2349-5162

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"Carita (Temperament) in Theravada Buddhism", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.8, Issue 1, page no. pp775-783, January-2021, Available at : http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR2101103.pdf




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