Five poisons

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According to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, there are “five poisons” that are of ultimate danger to the soul’s spiritual progress. These are counteracted by the wisdoms of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, who provide the antidote for each poison.

Poison Antidoted by
Ignorance Vairochana’s All-Pervading Wisdom of the Dharmakaya
Anger, hate and hate creation Akshobhya’s Mirrorlike Wisdom
Spiritual, intellectual and human pride Ratnasambhava’s Wisdom of Equality
The passions—all cravings, covetousness, greed and lust Amitabha’s Discriminating Wisdom
Envy and jealousy Amoghasiddhi’s All-Accomplishing Wisdom, the Wisdom of Perfected Action

See also

Five Dhyani Buddhas


Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 38, no. 2.