term for a reaction to a reaction?

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term for a reaction to a reaction?

Postby anjali » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:37 pm

I was talking with a friend about emotions and suffering, and we began discussing emotional reactions to other emotions. For example, feeling guilty at feeling angry at someone. Is there a Buddhist term for this second-order emotional reaction? I've read discussions of the notion in Buddhist writings before, but can't say as I've ever come across a word denoting the concept of a reaction to a reaction.
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Re: term for a reaction to a reaction?

Postby viniketa » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:44 pm

This could be considered an example of upādāna (grasping, clinging, attachment), one of the twelve nidānas of pratītyasamutpāda (interdependent causation, dependent arising, or dependent co-arising).

Perhaps this resource might be helpful:

http://www.khandro.net/doctrine_12Nidanas.htm

Best wishes for your continued studies.

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If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment
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